MTN GHANA Foundation has congratulated all teachers including beneficiaries of its Teacher Improvement Awards on their contribution to skill development in Ghana on the occasion of World Teachers Day which fell on October 5, 2018.
The Foundation took the opportunity to celebrate teachers for the central role they play in providing children with quality education and the positive impact of their contribution in the society.
Mr Samuel Koranteng, Corporate Services Executive of MTN, said “We salute all teachers for the impressive work they do, in and outside the classroom. Teachers are critical to the right to equitable and quality education.
“They are key to achieving our country’s development goals and other global development agenda such as the sustainable development goals. We are always ready to commit resources to train and equip teachers with skills needed to promote effective education,” he added.
This year’s World Teachers’ Day was celebrated under the theme ‘The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.’
In line with the theme for this year’s celebration, members of the general public and corporate bodies are being called to support initiatives that help to enhance and train qualified teachers for the classroom.
In the bid to help train qualified teachers ,MTN Ghana Foundation has since 2015awarded scholarship to sixty teachers in first and second cycle public institutions to pursue First or Master degrees through its Teacher Improvement Award programme.
The scholarship is targeted at teachers in public institutions who seek to further their studies in Science, Mathematics or English Language. Twenty seven (27) out of this total number of teacher beneficiaries have successfully graduated and returned to the schools they were previously teaching and continue to impact knowledge.
The MTN Ghana Foundation’s support for World Teachers’ Day celebrations is an initiative to support efforts being made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to create awareness of the significant role teachers’ play in education and human development.
Apart from celebrating World Teachers’ Day, MTN Foundation has supported members of the teaching profession in diverse ways over the past 10 years and has taken several initiatives aimed at motivating and empowering teachers.
In 2015, MTN Ghana Foundation launched the Teacher Improvement Award Programme, a scholarship scheme to financially assist teachers who wish to upgrade their education at the first Degree or Masters Level.
The Foundation has also supported the National Best Teacher Awards scheme in the past, providing the prize package for the second position from 2007 to 2014.
World Teachers’ Day takes place every year on October 5 and it is celebrated in over 100 countries and spearheaded by the UNESCO.