Three Ghanaians – Enoch Adjei, Hamadu Hassan and Anane Vida completed 102, 94 and 61 courses respectively and emanated the as no.1 learners on the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) scholarship programme.
Through the Ghana Library Authority, Ghana joined three other countries to benefit from the Commonwealth of Learning scholarship programme. Other countries include Rwanda, Bangladesh and Kenya.
The Ghana Library Authority in collaboration with CoL signed 3,400 Ghanaians up for the Read2Skill project to study any of the over 5000 systematized courses at no cost. 2,078 out of the 3,400 beneficiaries are active learners who have earned a total of 3054 certificates.
Speaking on the achievement, the Executive Director of the Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Hayford Siaw stated, “I am very glad that Ghanaians have taken the Read2Skill very seriously, however, I am not really surprised at the figures. Seeing the enthusiasm Ghanaians showed after the launch of Read2Skill, it was expected that they take it seriously as they have.”
“I would like to encourage Ghanaians who have received the licenses but have not started learning – to do so and start benefiting from the courses available or risk their offer being invoked and given to others on the waiting list” he said.
The Ghana Library Authority launched the Read2skill project to offer 1000 online scholarships to Ghanaians, early this year.
Many Ghanaians accepted the project gladly, and within a few weeks, the Authority received more than 30,000 applications. Due to the large number of applications, the Commonwealth of Learning offered 2400 more scholarship slots, making a total of 3400 which are currently been utilized by the successful applicants to acquire new skills.