The Ghana Library Authority has offered 1000 scholarship opportunities to Ghanaians to pursue online courses in some renowned universities on the Coursera platform.
This arrangement gives Ghanaians the opportunity to offer as many short courses as possible in renowned and recognised universities until the end of December 31, 2020.
Coursera is one of the leading, globally recognised Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platforms because of its association with top universities such as the Stanford University, the Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and many others in offering online courses.
This is not the first time the literary giant is offering such opportunities to Ghanaians. Earlier this year, the authority, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), launched the Read2skill project to offer 1,000 online scholarships to Ghanaians to study on the Udemy platform.
As a result of the massive response from Ghanaians, the Commonwealth of Learning offered 1,400 more scholarship slots which are currently being utilised by the successful applicants to acquire new skills.
Speaking on the project in an interview, the Executive Director of the Ghana Library Authority, Mr Hayford Siaw explained that the idea was to encourage Ghanaians to learn from home as the world continued to fight the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Siaw, therefore, explained that because of the backlog of almost 28,000 applicants on the waiting list, “we will not accept new applications.
“All Ghanaians who applied in our initial Read2Skill call for applications, but were not selected should remain hopeful of a better chance to study on Coursera,” he added.
Mr Siaw said the Coursera worked with universities and other organisations to offer over 5000 online courses in engineering, data science, machine learning, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, humanities among others.