The Lebanese Community in Ghana has just awarded full scholarships to 12 journalism students from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).
The scholarship program is an initiative made to support Ghanaian students across the journalistic and legal fields as part of “Lebanon’s progressive partnership with Ghana to develop educational cooperation between both countries,” according to an article shared by the Embassy of Lebanon in Ghana.
Last month, the Lebanese Community granted scholarships to 13 undergraduate students pursuing a law degree at the University of Ghana.
During the award ceremony, Lebanese Ambassador H.E. Maher Kheir expressed that despite challenges hitting Lebanon currently, the Lebanese Community in Ghana will remain committed to the scholarship program.
“I believe that through the fusion of our cultures, we can trace a path that leads us to horizons full of success and progress,” he said.
According to Ghanaian media, the Lebanese Scholarship program has supported over 200 students to date from different schools.
The Lebanese Embassy in Ghana was not immediately available for comment.
Ghana is home to a large Lebanese community whose presence in Ghana goes back at least a century. According to a report called “The Lebanese Effect in Ghana” by Stephen Gyasi, the Lebanese contribution to Ghana’s economic development is “deafening.”
“[Lebanese] are indeed major players in driving the development of the Ghanaian economy through their involvement and investment in major areas… in which they have generated vital employment for many Ghanaians.”
While their own country fails to offer opportunities, the Lebanese diaspora thriving and giving back to the local community is a feature often seen with the Lebanese people in the countries they come to call home.