Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Ghana Foundation has presented a cheque worth one hundred and twenty-five thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 125, 000) to 20 Ghanaian teachers under its Teachers’ Improvement Awards Programme (TIAP) for the 2016/2017 academic year.

The presentation was the second edition of an annual scholarship package designed by MTN Ghana Foundation to support 20 Ghanaian teachers in first and second cycle public institutions to upgrade their education at the first Degree or Masters Degree levels.

Under TIAP, which is open to teachers who wish to pursue courses in English, Mathematics and Science (Integrated Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology), MTN Ghana Foundation will support 100 teachers with an amount of GHC 125,000.00 annually over a ten-year period.

The objective of MTN TIAP is, therefore, to improve the skills of Ghanaian teachers across the country to professionally grow in Science, Mathematics and English Language education and to transform teaching and learning in the classroom.

Under the requirements, applicants must be Ghanaian citizens, not older than 50 years at the time of the application; must have a minimum of five years teaching experience; and must have qualified for admission either into the University of Cape Coast or the University of Education, Winneba.

They must also be teaching in public institutions at the time of the application and commit to returning either to that institution or another public institution upon completion of the sponsored programme, as approved.

This year, the Awardees comprised 10 teachers each for the First degree and Masters programme and 10 each from the male and female genders as against 15 men and 5 women, last year.

The twenty Awardees were selected from 311 entries from all the ten regions of Ghana as against 30 entries, last year.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Accra, yesterday, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive, MTN Ghana, underscored the relevance of Graduate and post-Graduate education in improving a teacher’s skill and better motivating students to positively contribute to national development.

Mrs Lumor noted that national development depended upon the development of individuals, particularly teachers, hence the need to invest in teacher education in order to promote and enhance quality teaching.

She said teachers held in their hands the success of society and were key to helping students realize their full potential, and that the chosen disciplines- Science, Mathematics and English Language -played important roles in the development of society by creating advantages in innovation and free-thinking graduates.

She reiterated MTN Ghana’s commitment to supporting development through education, adding that MTN had provided scholarships to more than 1,000 students and built 75 classroom blocks, dormitories and other infrastructure for children in dilapidated school structures in remote communities.

In his remarks, Professor Jerome Djangmah, Chairman of the jury which selected the awardees, commended MTN Foundation for the investment which he described as a bold intervention.

In a statement, Angelina Aba Osei, a beneficiary of the scholarship package in the 2015 batch of awardees, expressed gratitude to MTN Ghana Foundation for facilitating her education at the Masters level, virtually free of charge.

Ms Osei appealed to MTN to spread its tentacles to a lot more of teachers in need of the opportunity.

Speaking on behalf of the Awardees, Mr Apedo Sampson, who will be doing his Masters (M Phil) programme in Maths Education at the University of Cape Coast, expressed gratitude to MTN Foundation for the support and pledged to live up to expectation by diligently pursuing their respective courses of study to a successful end.

MTN Ghana Foundation, established in 2007, is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management structure for Social Investment (CSI) initiatives in Ghana and within the MTN Group.

Since its establishment, the Foundation has committed over GHC 22.2 million into 135 Education, Health and Economic Empowerment projects that have improved the living conditions of more than three million Ghanaians across the country.

Source: Government of Ghana