A total of 11 brilliant undergraduate students from Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) received scholarships of up to 31,200 GHC to pursue Journalism and Public Relations respectively.
Recipients consisted of seven females and four males.
The ceremony, which falls within the framework of the Lebanese government’s initiative to ease financial restrictions on outstanding and needy students at the institute, was held in Accra yesterday.
Speaking to the award recipients, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Maher Khair, indicated that journalists are partners in social transformation. “Journalism is a noble profession that not only challenges stereotypes, breaks myths, and defends the truth, but empowers people to make meaningful contributions to society,” he said.
He expressed his happiness with the scholarship program as many of the beneficiaries have emerged as prominent people in the community.
“Through this initiative, many of our students have become professional lawyers, journalists, development professionals, and public relations officers, among others,” he said.
Mr. Khair revealed that all this became possible through the commitment of the Lebanese community and the support of the school.
He added that as part of the efforts to enhance and deepen the existing cultural and educational cooperation between Lebanon and Ghana, “we have introduced comparative research between Lebanon and Ghana at the master’s level. I believe that they have discovered a lot through their research. We also believe that the journalist should have a panoramic view of the world.”
The President of the GIJ Institute, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, said this year’s scheme was special because it would be the last time scholarships would be awarded to GIJ students.
“From now on, the institute will be part of the newly merged University of Media, Arts and Communications which includes Ghana Institute of Languages, National Institute of Film and Television and GIJ,” he said.
He added that the integration will provide students with many opportunities, he also appealed to the government to ensure a smooth procedure to provide a smooth transition for students from one institute to another where they can take courses that complement each other and eventually make themselves. more marketable.
He commended the Lebanese government for providing such an opportunity to the institute’s students while entrusting them with maintaining good academic performance and maintaining the confidence given to them.
He described the accommodation crisis at the University of Ghana as unfortunate, but went on to say that the management of the institute had made plans to partner with owners of private hostels to house students in order to address the accommodation challenges also faced by GIJ students.
“GIJ has not historically been an institution that provides accommodations for students but we understand there is a need to accommodate students, so we are working on that to partner with the private sector, where they will build hostels to accommodate students but the process is long.”
One of the beneficiaries, Samuel Nimabo, thanked the Lebanese government for giving them the opportunity, while emphasizing that they would work hard and respect the trust given to them.