As part of the Ghana at 60 Anniversary Celebrations, 600 Ghanaian youth would be offered scholarships to study Science-based courses in foreign institutions. Sixty beneficiaries will be selected from each of the 10 regions to improve the country’s fortunes in the scientific world.
Mr. Laud Commey, the Chairperson of Events and Media Sub-Committee of the Ghana @ 60 Anniversary Planning Committee, announced this at the launch of the Jubilee Innovation Challenge, in Accra, last Wednesday, which aimed at challenging Ghanaian youth between 18 years and 35 years, to innovate creative ideas that would solve societal problems.
Additionally, 60 deprived communities across the country would also benefit from library facilities to enhance knowledge acquisition and expressed optimism that corporate entities would support the project.
In the Jubilee Innovation Challenge, applicants must originate ideas that would provide solutions to social issues pertaining to healthcare, science and technology, education, local governance, as well as industrial and manufacturing management.
The competition opens from February 22 to May 19, 2017, and shortlisted applicants would be announced on July 2, 2017. The awards ceremony would come off on July 19, 2017, and the Winner would receive a GH¢100,000 prize package; while the First Runner-up would receive GH¢75,000. The Second Runner-up would go home with GH¢50,000.
The rewards would be financed by Universal Merchant Bank. This competition of creative ideas would create a platform to mobilise young people to contribute their quota towards national development.
The theme for the anniversary celebration is: “Ghana, 60 years on, mobilising towards the future.”