Ambassadorial Scholar Returns Home



Each year a number of scholars from across the world arrive in London, they are Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, who not only have their studies funded by Rotary, but also benefit from the support of a local Rotary Club whilst they are in London.

During the last 12 months the Rotary Club of Hanwell and Northfields has had the pleasure of supporting one such scholar from Ghana.

Yaw Offei, was one of 23 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars who arrived in London in September 2005. There were a further 127 scholars in other parts of the UK.

Yaw is from a small town called Winneba, which is approximately 90KM from Accra, the capital of Ghana. Whilst in London Yaw studied Audiological Science at University College London (UCL), this will enable him to treat people with hearing problems when he is back in Ghana.

On his return, now fully qualified Yaw will be one of only 10 qualified Audiologists in Ghana, which has a population of around 23 million, and where hearing problems are common among the population.

During his time in London Yaw has been an excellent ambassador for his country, and was certainly able to bring the problems, which his countrymen face to our attention. We were able to work with both Lions International, and The Commonwealth Institute for the Deaf, and thanks to their kind donations Yaw was able to take some reconditioned equipment back to Ghana to enable him to set up an ENT clinic in Winneba. We must also thank British Airways who kindly transported the equipment at no cost.

In addition to his studies; a 12 month course which normally takes 3 years, Yaw has spoken at a number of local Rotary Clubs to highlight the plight of his country men.

Yaws dedication to his studies and also to the work he will be doing on his return has been recognised by everyone he has come into contact with and this was evident on Tuesday when we held a special meeting to celebrate his time in the UK, and to wish him well as he returned to Ghana and his family.