The Kufuor Scholars Program, an initiative of the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation to groom young Ghanaian youth to become change agents across diverse fields of the national economy, has graduated its pioneering class of 14 students at a ceremony in Accra.
The 14 pioneering students have successfully completed close to three years of intense leadership training modules in effective leadership, good governance and socio-economic development under the program.
The graduates were enrolled onto the programme on February 2016, and have over the past two and a half years, been mentored by seasoned Ghanaian academics and professionals from diverse fields on the core principles of leadership and governance that are much needed to drive the country’s socio-economic transformation.
Over the period, the scholars had the opportunity to attend summer camps and mini camps in Atebubu and Accra while four others traveled to Tokyo in 2016 and Beijing in 2018.
Each of the 14 were presented with certificates and medals by former President Kufuor and former Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood.
Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, speaking at the graduation ceremony, advised the scholars to serve as true ambassadors of the program by practicing the core values of respect for authority and humility with confidence.
“Most people throughout the country and the continent are disadvantaged and should not be disappointed by the scholars,” he said.
Mr. Kufuor also encouraged the scholars to always strive for excellence and be passionate about giving back to society.
“The essence of the program was to quicken your attention to society and mankind and you have been equipped with the skills to be successful leaders.”
Chief Justice, Georgina Wood, in her keynote address, charged the scholars to embrace the virtues of integrity and honesty as they enter the world of work and leadership.
She stressed that a leader without integrity cannot succeed in leading and transforming society, and therefore urged the scholars to push themselves to become successful so they could be of help to their societies and the country as a whole.