Performing the launch, the Board Chairman of the MTN Ghana Foundation, Prof Franklyn Manu said, “In the area of Education, we will be looking out for individuals and organizations that showed innovation in educating people about COVID or ensuring that students were kept meaningfully engaged/educated throughout the period of the pandemic. For the Health category, individuals and organizations that showed leadership in providing for and supporting the effort to rid the country of the pandemic will be recognized. Economic Empowerment will focus on individuals and organizations that showed leadership in providing economic support to people who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. “
From 23rd February to 7th April 2022 members of the general public are invited to nominate COVID-19 heroes from their communities. The nominations will then be pruned to 10 and the stories of these 10 will be filmed and featured in a 13-week television show. A total of 200,000 has been set aside to reward the final 10 heores which means that all ten (10) finalists will receive a cash prize of GHS 20,000, a certificate, and a citation alongside the visibility on TV and social media channels. Nominations can be made at www.heroes.mtn.com.gh.
The sixth edition, which is dubbed “Special 25th Anniversary Edition” is set to reward individuals and institutions who have made significant impact in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in the three focus areas of the MTN Ghana Foundation which are Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.
Accra, February 25,2022 – The MTN Ghana Foundation has launched the sixth edition of its flagship MTN Heroes of Change programme at a brief event at the MTN House in Accra.
A three-member panel has been selected to oversee the MTN Hero of Change project. They are Rev. Albert Ocran, an international motivational speaker, Mr Sydney Casely-Hayford, a business and financial analyst and Oheneyire Gifty Anti, a renowned Ghanaian journalist, broadcaster and gender advocate
MTN Heroes of Change was launched in July 2013 with the aim of identifying and recognizing selfless people who continue to sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives. Since its inception, 50 heroes have been recognized and awarded for their contributions to society with 5 emerging as the overall Heroes of Change winners As a result of its impact, MTN Heroes of Change has won several awards which include 2016 IPR Best Community Relations Programme of the Year and CSR Program of the Year 2015 by the Head of State Awards (HoSA) Scheme.
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From its inception to date, the Foundation has undertaken 158 major projects across the country. Notable health projects include construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital. Education projects undertaken include construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research. Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.