The Ghana Methodist Church of Toronto, under the leadership of Very Reverend Jacob William French, has instituted various scholarship schemes to aid both old and young members financially to acquire academic excellence in any profession.
At least 25 members of the church who are pursuing various studies in institutions across Canada in this academic year starting from September have received various learning materials to support their effort in achieving success in their stages of learning.
Apart from the main church scholarship scheme, other organizations as well as families within the church have also instituted education funds to augment the effort of the church in supporting its members to acquire professional skills in higher learning.
The Men’s Fellowship under its chairman Ohene Aboagye, announced the fellowships scholarship fund named after the late President of the Church, Paa Grant to reward excellent students in the church.
Other families who have responded to the call by the church to support the youth financially in their quest to seek academic excellence were Mr. George Ben, naming his scheme after his late son Allen Ben, Memorial Educational Fund.
The rest include Mr. David Firang instituting Mercy Firang Memorial Educational Trust Fund, Bentum Yankey Family Education Fund and Mr. Yaw Obeng Academic Excellence Award.
Expressing his joy, the superintendent minister in charge of the church Very Reverend Jacob William French, prayed for more members to receive the blessings of God so that they can also respond to the call to support the youth in Ghanaian community to acquire more academic excellence to help build Canada and mother Ghana.
Commenting he said, the perception has always been that Ghanaian youth in the diaspora do not want to go to school but rather involve themselves in various acts of violence.
But gradually that perception is being erased as most parents as well as church organizations have realized the need to support the youth financially to successfully pursue their academic excellence.
He reminded members that Christianity without education is meaningless that was why all the churches especially the missionary churches attached education to their mission work to help raise the people to understand the work of God and live comfortable life.
“The church will continue to promote the educational programmes to support the youth. However it is the duty of the parents to also compliment the church’s effort by raising the children with the fear of God so that all the efforts do not go waste” he assured.
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