As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and commitment to human capital development in Africa, MainOne Ghana, in collaboration with Academic City College, has awarded a $40, 000 STEM scholarship to Elizabeth Fio, in Accra Ghana.
Fio, who is19 years old, aspires to become a marine engineer and was exclusively selected by Academic City College after graduating from the African Science Academy in Tema as one of the top students in year 2018.
According to Angelo Govina, General Manager, MainOne Ghana, “skills acquisition and human capital development are key to Africa’s development; MainOne is therefore committed to improving entrepreneurship, employability and global competitiveness among African youths.”
The company has partnered with a group of schools including Academic City College, BlueCrest College, Meltwater, and NIIT amongst others, as part of its education, entrepreneurship and innovation support initiative.
Speaking further, Mr. Govina explained that “The College carefully selected high school graduates for the award with the prestigious Presidential Scholarship over a 4-year period worth $40,000 that enables deserving undergraduates to pursue degrees of their choice at Academic City College. The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, meals, a laptop, monthly allowance, and transportation to and from the student’s hometown (twice a year)”.
Speaking at the signing ceremony between MainOne and Academic City College at Haatso, Accra, an elated Fionoted: “I am very excited because this scholarship has helped me come to Academic City to study; it gives me an opportunity to explore my chosen field of study and develop skills at one of the best universities in the country.”
The event had in attendance Dev Varyani, Chairman, Eureka Africa Group, owners of BlueCrest, NIIT and Academic City College; Dr. Fred McBagonluri, President, Academic City College; Ruth Kwakwa, Dean of Students, Academic City College and Kazeem Oladepo, Regional Business Executive, MainOne.
Over the years, MainOne has proven its commitment to supporting local entrepreneurship in Ghana by providing incubators and start-ups with internet connectivity.
The company supports innovation through partnerships with start-ups in Nigeria and other countries, including Co-Creation Hub, Andela, Hackerspace in Ghana among other start-ups.