GNAT Grants Scholarships To Female Teachers

The Ghana National Association of
Teachers (GNAT), has awarded
scholarships to 15 female teachers
from selected deprived communities
to help them obtain diploma and
degree qualification.
The scholarship is part of a $5,500
package from the Canadian Teachers
Federation (CTF) aimed at supporting
female teachers in remote
communities.
Briefing the media on the
disbursement of the fund in Accra
yesterday, the National Gender
Coordinator of GNAT, Mrs. Helena
Awurusa said most female teachers
were not able to pursue higher
education as their male counterparts
because, they were burdened with
family responsibilities and financial
constraints.
She said in spite of the challenges
most of them wanted to undertake
distance learning programmes and
for a two year SANDWICH learning
programme but needed support
hence the initiative.
She said the initiative, which began
some few years ago, saw the release
of funds to five selected teachers last
year while GNAT sponsored the
education of four others.
This year, she said GNAT received
more than 70 applications from the
Brong Ahafo region, 10 from the
Volta region, three from the Eastern
and two from the Ashanti region with
others from other parts of the country
but 15 of them were selected after
vetting.
Mrs. Awurusa said that GNAT set up
a committee to review the
qualification of applicants.
“The committee was also tasked to
monitor the progress reports of
beneficiaries of the scholarships.
According to her, the programme was
to provide the teachers with financial
assistance and also motivate them to
accept posting to the rural and
deprived areas where they would
serve as role models.
Mrs. Awurusa also noted that another
purpose for embarking on the
programme was to help build the
confidence and self-image of the
female teachers and help strengthen
the bargaining and fallback position
of the union.
Source: Ghanaian Times

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