The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme has supported about 1,000 young women to pursue tertiary education across the country. The programme being implemented by the Campaign for Female Education, Ghana (Camfed Ghana), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, is aimed at supporting the education of girls in senior high schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions across the country. The beneficiary students received financial support for their fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation and stipends for the whole of their tertiary education. Graduation At a ceremony in Tamale on Thursday, June 14, for the passing-out ceremony of 182 beneficiaries of the scholars programme, the National Director of Camfed-Ghana, Mr John Asibi Ali, said the programme targeted about 4,000 SHS students and 2,000 students in tertiary institutions, stating that about 1,000 tertiary students had so far benefited. He noted that the programme sought to support the education of brilliant, needy girls to enable them become productive in the future and contribute to the development of the country. “Apart from the support for the beneficiaries, we also build their capacity on values of life, such as leadership skills and how they can develop the spirit of giving back to society, and so far we can see that some of them have started initiating some projects back at their communities,” he said. Advice The General Manager of Media General Ghana, Mrs Petra Aba Asamoah, who graced the occasion, admonished the beneficiaries to always remind themselves of the challenges in life and work hard with determination to be able to break through the challenges. She said the job market was choked and, therefore, there was the need for them to collaborate and initiate projects to create job avenues for themselves rather than stay at home for non-existent jobs. “You are privileged to have acquired degree and diploma certificates so do not take things for granted, commit yourselves and explore all opportunities to be able to succeed in life,” she advised.