The Donga Mantung Scholarship Fund, a brainchild of Dr. Fuh Calistus, has boosted back to school campaigns and academic excellence, with scholarships worth over 18 million to meritorious students who succeeded in their end of course examinations. Didactic schools materials and anti-COVID-19 kits have also been handed to schools, to boost education in Donga Mantung Division.
The scholarship scheme masterminded by Dr. Fuh Calistus Gentry, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, has endeared him to his people in the Division, who have hailed him for always being there, to promote and support his people in their various endeavours.
The 2020/2021 academic year official launching of the third phase of the Donga Mantung scholarship Fund, aimed at encouraging meritocracy and back to school in the entire Division took place at GBHS Misaje, under the patronage of the Divisional Officer for Misaje, Tchayah Thomas.
At the launching ceremony, the Divisional Officer expressed gratitude to the brain behind the laudable initiative, Dr. Fuh Calistus, for the timely gesture, which he said, will go a long way to boost back to school efforts and instil the spirit of hard-work, excellence and meritocracy in the students and schools.
“The prizes are magnificent, ranging from FCFA 25.000 to FCFA 150.000. This can only come from someone who has the love for children” The DO said.
Also commending the initiative, Mayor of Misaje Council, Sammy Mgbatta Nforkemba stated that the scholarship and materials to students and schools, is just a snippet of what Minister Fuh Calistus has been doing for his people for many years.
At the event, prizes were handed over to laureates for their performance in the various official examinations. The prizes ranged from FCFA 25.000 to FCFA 150.000. The Pupils and students were rewarded following their excellent performance in the First School Leaving Certificate, CAP, General Certificate of Education (Ordinary and Advanced Level).
Besides the scholarships that were awarded to the meritorious students, school bags and didactic materials were also shared to basic and secondary education schools of the subdivision. Considering the new norm to instil government and World Health prescribed measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-COVID-19 materials were also shared to schools. Teachers, students, pupils also used the occasion to applaud Dr. Fuh Calistus for promoting and encouraging education in Donga Mantung Division.
Assessing the Scholarship Fund, Tarlishi Oliver Yinyu, Coordinator of the scholarship Fund disclosed that it is since 2007 when Minister Fuh Calistus Gentry initiated the scheme, he has continued to work tirelessly, sponsoring the initiative, in order to build a great human resource base in Misaje and Donga Mantung at large.
“Today, we can count numbers in professional institutions and other institutions. We doff our hats to Dr. Fuh Calistus Gentry for this FCFA 18 million which was mobilised to sensitise and mobilise communities to send their children to school as well as support school PTAs to recruit teachers”. Tarlishi Oliver said.
At the ceremony, it was also revealed that Dr Fuh Calistus will in the days ahead, launch and promote another scheme, to improve on the livelihoods of the youths in the Division.
Apart from Misaje, the scholarship fund, anti-COVID-19 kits and didactic materials were also destined for Ako Sub Division. Nkambe and Ndu Subdivisions were not left of the scholarship scheme.