AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine awarded scholarships to 50 students from its host communities to support their education at higher education institutions. The scholarships are part of efforts by the company to provide a sustainable future for the youth through education opportunities. The scholarships will cover the costs of school fees, accommodation and other related costs for the full length of the beneficiaries’ studies.
This year’s scholarship recipients will join 152 other students from the company’s host communities who have benefitted from the Iduapriem Community Scholarship Scheme instituted in 2011 to assist deserving students to pursue higher education.
Presenting the award during the company’s 19th Annual Thanksgiving Service, Managing Director of Iduapriem Mine Mr. Samuel Boakye Pobee reaffirmed the Mine’s commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of life-long learning opportunities for all in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4).
“In line with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Management of Iduapriem Mine, this year, reserved 50% of our scholarship award for females pursuing STEM-related programs at the tertiary level, as part of efforts to bridge the gap between males and females in the mining industry.”Mr. Samuel Boakye Pobee | Managing Director, AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine
Mr. Pobee urged the scholarship beneficiaries, especially the females, to take advantage of the opportunities presented and focus on their studies to reach their full potentials.
Senior Manager – Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine Mr. Stephen Adjei noted that the scholarship scheme forms part of several innovative interventions being implemented by the Mine in pursuit of the Mine’s commitment to leave its communities better off after having operated there.
“Through our Basic Education Improvement Programme, last year we undertook several interventions to improve educational standards across our host communities, including the provision of teaching and learning materials, commissioning of two modern six-unit classroom blocks for the New Tokunaso and Awodua Methodist Basic schools, as well as an eight-bedroom semi-detached ultra-modern apartment for Abompuniso Basic School teachers.”
Speaking on behalf of the scholarship awardees, Ms. Lawrencia Quansah, an undergraduate student in Electricals and Electronics Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) said she was on the path to becoming one of the best electrical engineers in Ghana.
“With this scholarship, I will have a sound mind to study and pursue my four-year Electricals and Electronics Engineering programme to achieve my dream of becoming one of Ghana’s best engineers. I feel privileged because I come from a home that wouldn’t have been able to grant me this opportunity,” Lawrencia said. She expressed gratitude to Iduapriem Mine for giving her and her colleagues a window of opportunity to pursue their studies at the tertiary level.
Mr. Pobee noted that the Mine had spent over GH₵2 million since the inception of the Community Scholarship scheme to support over 200 students at the tertiary level, some of whom have gone on to become chartered accountants, engineers, doctors, bankers, nurses and teachers.
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