The Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Maher Kheir, on Wednesday, 18th January 2022 awarded scholarships totalling GHC31,200 to twelve students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

The annual scheme, initiated in 2017, forms part of the Lebanese government’s initiative to alleviate the financial plight of brilliant but needy students. This year’s event was held at the Dzorwulu Campus of the Institute. 

Addressing the recipients, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, HE Maher Kheir stated that the scheme since its inception has gradually become one of Ghana’s finest scholarship schemes and has received awards and recognition from top government officials and stakeholders in the educational sector.

He noted that journalists are partners in social transformation. He said, “Journalism is a noble profession that does not only challenge stereotypes, breaks myths, defends truth, but empowers people to make meaningful contributions to society.”

He expressed excitement towards the scholarship scheme as several beneficiaries have emerged as prominent people in society. 

“Through this initiative, many of our beneficiaries have become professional lawyers, journalists, development communicators and public relations officers, among others,” he said. 

Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, on his part congratulated the beneficiaries and expressed gratitude to the Lebanese Embassy and the ambassador for the continuous support to the students and the Institute. He stated that despite the challenges the Lebanese are confronted with, their commitment is such that they continue do this for the institute even in such difficult times.

He mentioned also that year’s scheme was special as it would be the last time scholarships would be rewarded to students of GIJ. 

“Moving forward, GIJ will be part of the newly merged University of Media, Arts and Communication that brings together Ghana Institute of Languages, National Film and Television Institute and GIJ,” he said. 

He appealed to the government to ensure a smooth merger so as to provide a seamless movement of students from one institute to the other where they could take courses to complement each other and make themselves more marketable.

He urged the beneficiaries to continue to excel academically justify the confidence reposed in them. He reminded beneficiaries that the scholarship was renewable annually based on continuous performance.

Mr Samuel Nyigmabo, a beneficiary, on behalf the other recipients, expressed gratitude to the Lebanese Community for the timely intervention as most of them would not have been able to settle their fees for the academic year.

He gave the assurance that they were going to work hard to excel not just academically, but to become responsible citizens touching the lives of many.

Sefa Sedofia