A report from Zambaga Rufai SAMINU, Journalists for Tourism Advocacy currently in Rabat, Morocco
The Kingdom of Morocco, under the able leadership of King Mohammed VI, has committed to developing the human resource base of Africa through education.
Consequently, the Kingdom has increased the quota of its annual scholarship program to cover many African countries.
Ghana began benefiting from the scholarship program in 2002 and since then Ghanaian students willing to study in Morocco, and had the opportunity have been enjoying the scholarship.
Currently, there are seventy slots for Ghanaian students annually and the number could increase further depending on the demand and supply
Currently, there are more than two hundred (200) Ghanaian students studying various courses in Morocco under the scholarship program.
Speaking in an interview with members of the Journalists for Tourism Advocacy (JTA), a delegation from Ghana for tourism reporting, the beneficiary students lauded the Kingdom for demonstrating leadership and support to human resource development in Africa.
Charles Justice Yaw Junior, one of the students commended the government of Morocco for extending the scholarship offer to Ghanaians willing to study in Morocco.
He said this has been made possible due to the many years of bilateral relations developed between the two countries.
The relationship, he underscored, has brought significant things to Ghana and Morocco primarily to promote mutual interest.
The architecture student said all beneficiary students currently enjoying the scholarship, have been appreciating the commitment and effort of King Mohammed VI, and his government for giving them the opportunity to realize their potential in education.
The Moroccan scholarship has already benefited hundreds of Ghanaian students including Dr Evans Duah, a senior lecturer at Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Radia Adama Saani, Board Member of Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) and Chief Executive Officer of Moontouch Travel Limited, among other pool of quality human resources.
Many of the graduates from the top-notch universities in Morocco who are doing well in various areas of the African economy appears to have been adequately prepared for the job market.
They have been developed properly to take up challenges in economic management and assist in the development of Ghana and Africa
The bilingual academic studies, being initiated as the first step of the scholarship program for Ghanaian students, has for many years helped in bridging the language barrier between French-speaking Africans and their English counterparts.
The students who have benefited from the scholarship, and have graduated as alumni speak flawless English and French.
Overall, Morocco is currently offering twelve thousand (12,000) scholarships to students in Africa annually with the ultimate objective to improve human resource development
Due to the peculiarity of the education situation in the African continent, which has been observed by the government of Morocco, majority of the scholarships being offered by the Kingdom, the continent currently takes the chunk thus 12,000 while other beneficiary countries take the rest of the scholarship.
In total, the country currently provides fourteen (14,000) scholarships to students across the globe including Ghanaian students who are studying in various disciplines.