A scholarship program has been handing young students from sub-Saharan Africa, a huge opportunity to further chase their dreams.
It is the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program held at KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana). Their criteria for qualification centres around African students who are financially deprived to further into the university but are academically capable. Having in complete consideration those with the zeal to become ethical and transformative leaders, committed to giving back to their communities.
The program is very particular about producing scholars who are committed to improving their communities. They must be role models and leaders with integrity, with the capacity to effect positive change.
A beneficiary of this scholarship program Mr. Bunlu Ali Kabilah (third year BA.Economics student from Ghana) embarked on a personal route to social responsibility. Sending out a confirmatory message that the scholarship program truly lives up to its ethical standards.
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Mr. Kabilah narrated that following his resounding success in the West African Senior High Examination (WASSCE) in 2018, all hopes of furthering his education were uncertain. Until the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program At KNUST (MCFSP@KNUST) reinvigorated his ambitions for education. They offered him a full scholarship into his dream university, KNUST.
Just as he was opportune, he considers it a natural response to also help those who are today in the same shoes as he was, giving them hope and encouragement. He claimed that this will make people who have little or no hope for education smile and pursue their educational goals.
Bringing his age-old desire to reality, he disseminated 80 newly sown school uniforms and stationery worth GH₵3,050 to 80 pupils in the Sissala West District.
Being dedicated to equity and fairness, he consulted The Sissala West Education Service on how to best distribute the uniforms. The district’s Director of Education, Mr. Boribi Nuhu, advised that the uniforms be distributed in critically needed schools. Putting that in effect, Timmie, Lulo and Gwollu primary schools were accordingly selected.
On Monday, 1st November, 2021, while the uniforms were handed out to the students, Mr Kabilah expressed the joy and uncontrolled happiness that filled his heart. 30 students in Timmie primary who were in thorn uniforms got to dress up in new uniforms. Similarly, 20 students from Lulo primary also benefited. At his alma mater, Gwollu L/A primary, the same smile was extended there as 30 students had their torn uniforms replaced with a brand new uniform and 60 exercise books.
At all the schools, the District Director of Education, the District Budgeting office, the Quality Assurance Officer, and the Coordinator for Secondary Education made time out of their busy schedules to show gratitude to Mr. Kabila for his philanthropic gesture.
In an interview with African Dream News, he stated that he is aware that his efforts alone will not solve the problem and pleaded with other organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist in solving the problem. He further thanked the staff of the schools for accepting him and reiterated his commitment to giving back to his community as a requirement of a transformative leader. He concluded by showing deep appreciation to the dedicated effort that made his whole agenda possible – the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at KNUST.
Written by Bakpa Abdul Baari / edited by Arakunrin Lekan
Arakunrin Lekan is a Managing Editor & writer at the TheAfricanDream LLC. He’s also a freelance poet, graphics designer, and a business man.