Mineworkers Offer Bursary To 500 Students

Prince William Pinkrah
The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union (GMWU) has given bursary to 500 Senior High School (SHS) students who are wards of its members to pursue secondary education since 2005.

The union has offered support to the students through its Bisa McCarthy Education Endowment Fund, a statement issued and jointly signed by Prince William Pinkrah, General Secretary and Eric Kwabena Gyima, Deputy General Secretary of GMWU on Friday noted.

It said the bursary given to 50 students each academic year formed part of its modest contribution to the country’s human capital development.

It added that for the 2013-2014 academic year,   the Bisa McCarthy Education Endowment Fund Board of Trustees was in the process of granting bursary to 50 SHS students.

Each beneficiary will get GH¢300 per year for the three-year course of study. The fund was named after founding members of the Union.

Mr Pinkrah hinted that the bursary was aimed at encouraging mineworkers to at least offer secondary education to their children and wards.

He disclosed that the Bisa McCarthy Education Endowment Fund was established in 2003 by GMWU of TUCG as part of its 60 th anniversary.

The Fund was officially registered in 2009 at the Registrar General Department under the Companies Code 1963, Act 179.

According to him, GMWU was yet to establish a foundation that will support programmes at the tertiary level and build a strong relationship with the University of Mines and Technology in the area of sustainable development, with the view to providing a detailed approach to ensuring the sustainable future of selected mining economies beyond the life span of the existing mining operations.

The Bisa McCarthy Education Endowment Fund has a seven-member Board of Trustees chaired by Dennis Vormawor, a former trade unionist, CEO of Labour Enterprises Trust and a member of the National Labour Commission.

Other members of the board are Nicholas Yeboah, Benjamin Ocran, Samuel Dwamenah, Gilbert Bimpong, Betty Aidoo and Eric K. Gyima, who is the Deputy General Secretary of the GMWU and the member- secretary.

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