Vodafone Ghana, British Council scholarships for 100 girls
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
One hundred Ghanaian girls between the ages of 15 and 16 years who have gained admission into any Senior High School in the country and who are pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics course with a progressive academic record stand a chance of winning a free scholarship from Vodafone Ghana.
Telecom giant Vodafone Ghana, in keeping with its commitment in ensuring that girls attain education at the highest level possible, has partnered with the British Council to launch a scholarship scheme for brilliant female JHS students interested in studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Speaking at the event to officially signed the partnership agreement between Vodafone Ghana and the British Council Ghana, the Director of Human Resource at Vodafone Ghana, Stella Agyenim Boateng, revealed that the number of females employed within the technology field in Ghana is disproportionately lower than males both at the secondary school and tertiary level and since Vodafone is a brand that believes in empowering women to become successful in their career choices, it will continue to demonstrate its pledge in support of the education of the Ghanaian girl child in the area of science and technology.
The Country Director for British Council Ms. Liliana Biglou acknowledged the immense role played by science and technology in Ghana and expressed joy that Vodafone Ghana has brought them on board to facilitate the process involve in winning the scholarship. She then assured Vodafone Ghana of their preparedness to make this a success.
In an interview with Biztechafrica, the foundation and sustainability manager, Nana Yaa Ofori -Koree disclosed that Vodafone Foundation partnership with the British Council of Ghana is also to ensure a high level transparency and fairness in the selection process of prospective applicants for the scholarship. She further noted that although special consideration will be given to female students from some deprived regions in the country, there will be an academic cut off point that these girls must meet to enable them get the sponsorship.
The sponsorship package includes full tuition, administration fees and text books as well as exercise books.