On Saturday 20th of October, 2007, senior Consulate
members of the Ghana High Commission, UK including the High Commissioner Mr. Annan Cato, Deputy High Commissioner, Mr.
Kwasi Quartey, Head of Treasury, Mr. Alex Frimpong, the Minister Counsellor Mrs. Asamoah, the GET-Fund
Administrator, Mr. Fosuaba Banahene and other members of the Education Section met students under the GET-Fund
sponsorship studying in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. This meeting was
held at the Wahington Mayfair Hotel in London.
At the meeting, the welfare of students was among the most
pressing issues discussed, particularly issues regarding how students are coping in the various countries mentioned above
and the challenges they face during their studies.
In the official address given by the GET-Fund Administrator
Mr. Banahene, there are over 200 Ghanaian students studying in the UK and other European Community under
the sponsorship of the GET-Fund. For 2007/8 academic year alone, the Fund has sponsored 150 Students to study within the UK and other European countries. He also acknowledged that,
the GET-Fund has taken over all Ghana Government Scholarship to promote career development by supporting professionals and
students with good academic standing to further their education abroad so that, they can go back to Ghana after their studies
to enhance professional manpower with their acquired knowledge, skill and experience.
He therefore challenged student to return to Ghana with qualifications backed with demonstrable abilities
to enable them perform their professional duties amicably. As a result, he encouraged students to concentrate on their studies
to enable them excel as good ambassadors of the country.
He urged students not to stay on after their studies
but to return to Ghana to serve the nation.
He stated that it is in the interest of the government to support your studies so you have a duty to go back to help with
reconstruction of the country”. He assured students that, when they finish their studies and excel in doing that, their
success will be celebrated and an arrangement will be made by the consulate to help them return to Ghana.
Mr. Annan Cato, the High Commisioner also supported the
GET-Fund Administrator by acknowledging that, the interest of all Ghanaians in the UK especially students are of great interest
to the Consulate and Ghana, so students should concentrate on their studies to enable them acquire an intellectual and professional
ability. He also noted that, if one does not have the ability one cannot make meaningful choices. Scholars who have had
the opportunity to study abroad and therefore have the ability to return home to support the economy of the country, which
is why he is challenging all students to excel in their studies to enable them participate in contributing towards the building
of the country.
The meeting was a platform for students to interact with
each other as they came from different countries within the UK and other States within the European Community. It also
created the opportunity for students to share their concerns with the consulate members, especailly the officials of
the education section and interact with them informally.