Ghana: Lebanese Community Launches Lebanese Literature Prize, Scholarships

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The Lebanese community in Ghana has launched the “Lebanese Literature Prize” and a research support programme for students at the School of Languages, University of Ghana, Legon.

This package is a new initiative introduced by the Lebanese community under its flagship scholarship scheme to assist brilliant but needy Ghanaian students in other fields to attain higher education.

The Lebanese Ambassador, Mr Maher Kheir, who announced this in Accra yesterday said under the new initiative, three undergraduate students would receive a prize each valued at $300 every year for the next five years while one student pursuing a Masters programme would receive a research support of $1,200 with the one doing PhD to receive $1,500 as research support.

He said students at the School of Languages would receive support each year aside journalism students at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and law students at the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) respectively.

In his remark, Ambassador Kheir said it was important for Ghanaians to know about Lebanese literature and culture and vice versa since the two countries share a strong relationship which spans a century.

He noted that Lebanon had produced many renowned writers and poets who have contributed to the development of literature in America, Europe and the Arab world in the last century adding that Lebanon was rich in producing famous writers and poets.

Ambassador Kheir mentioned the like of Michael Naiima and Khalil Gibran, the writer of ‘The Prophet who established the Pen League in New York in 1915 and played a leading role in the renaissance.