Gold Fields Ghana’s Damang Mine, through the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation (GFGF), has awarded scholarships and bursaries worth GHc81,250 to 65 students from the mine’s nine host communities.
Scholarship beneficiaries at the SHS level were entitled to GH¢1,500, while those on bursary were entitled to GH¢750 annually. At the tertiary level, scholarship beneficiaries were entitled to GH¢2,200, and those on bursaries, GH¢1,100 annually.
The beneficiary selection process is undertaken by a scholarship committee, comprising representatives of the Damang mine, Ghana Education Service (GES), assemblymen from the host communities, and traditional authorities, against an agreed critieria.
The Community Affairs and Public Relations Manager of the mine, Mr Abdel-Razak Yakubu, reiterated the mine’s commitment to the development and welfare of the host communities, in spite of the operational challenges confronting the mine.
“It is satisfying to note that over 65 per cent of our scholarship and bursaries beneficiaries are in gainful employment, and at least four of them are medical doctors who deliver quality healthcare to Ghanaians in different parts of the country,” he said.
He added; “So we know that our support to these brilliant young men and women go a long way, even beyond our immediate communities.”
The Gyasehene of the Damang divisional stool, Nana Kofi Enyan, commended Gold Fields for the mine’s continuous assistance and contribution to education, health, water and sanitation, and other infrastructural development in host communities.
Madam Grace Ainoo, a parent, encouraged all parents and guardians to take special interest in the education of their wards and not leave the entire burden of their children’s education on Gold Fields.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/ files from graphic