The Lebanese Community in Ghana has extended financial support to 20 deserving students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) at a ceremony in Accra in fulfilment of its annual scholarship scheme.
The beneficiaries are 15 undergraduate and five graduate students.
Presenting the awards, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ali Halabi, acknowledged the crucial role the media played in national development, adding that it was the motivating factor for the Lebanes Community’s continuous support for students pursuing the noble profession.
“The Lebanese Community in Ghana believes that the promotion of freedom of speech is crucial in strengthening Ghana’s growing democracy. The media, which is increasingly becoming vibrant, is the catalyst for social stability and economic growth.
“The media is a very powerful institution and, therefore, must be handled by responsible and professional journalists who have the nation at heart. This is why the Lebanese Community in Ghana is helping to raise a core of such professionals here at the Ghana Institute of Journalism through our annual scholarship programme,” the ambassador stressed.
The Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Dr Wilberforce Dzisah, who was full of praise for the Lebanese Community, said the scholarship scheme had, over the years, been of tremendous help to a number of students in realising their academic aspirations.
“We are very grateful to the Lebanese community for their continuous support and investment in our students to help them complete their education,” he declared.
Dr Dzisah, however, appealed to the Lebanese Community to broaden the scholarship package to include students in the public relations faculty of the institute.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Prosper Senyo expressed gratitude to the Lebanese Community and the ambassador, in particular, for his tireless commitment year in year out, not only to ensure the success of the scheme but also the general welfare of the recipients.
He mentioned that he and his colleagues had been inspired to work hard to excel academically and also become responsible citizens the nation would be proud of.
For the past five years, the Lebanese Community in Ghana has awarded similar scholarships to law students at the University of Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), as well students of the Ghana School of Law.
Furthermore, children of the martyrs of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Immigration Service and the Police Service are also being assisted by the scheme to complete their education.