The New Generation for Africa Project launched its maiden essay writing contest for JHS pupils in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region of Ghana. The NGO operates under 5 main thematic areas namely Read(STEM) Initiative, Heal Initiative, Dwell Initiative, Tech Initiative and Pro Bono Initiative.
This essay was launched under the Read Initiative to encourage the youth to engage more in STEM programs. It seeks to encourage youth to study widely and also concentrate on STEM education.
This maiden essay had the topic "Write a letter to the regional Minister proposing how to improve the lives of the inhabitants of your community!"
Then the contest got keener with examiners marking every detail which brought out the 10 best pupils in the District. All 10 schools and the best performing students were given certificates each. The contest got keener with examiners marking every detail which brought out the 10 best pupils in the District. All 10 schools and the best performing students were given certificates each.
The top 3 students namely 1st Mercy Natule of KPILA R/C JHS, 2nd Bayor Ibrahim of Gbache R/C JHS and 3rd Osman Pollbu Zulfata of Nassah D/A JHS all located in the Wa West District were honoured. The awards ceremony was hosted by Gbache R/C JHS.
The 1st prize winner won for herself a certificate, a personal cash prize & a cash prize for her school and a 7 inch iLEARN Tablet containing over 42 books and BECE past questions. The 2nd and 3rd prize winners both took home certificates, a personal cash prize and a cash prize for their school and books.
The first prize winner Mercy Natule in her acceptance speech thanked NGAP but stressed that her school KPILA R/C JHS is in need of a three classroom block as they study in mudhouses and sometimes under trees. It is the most deprived and the remotest JHS in the District.
The other 7 participants in the top 10 were awarded with personal certificates and certificates for their schools.
The Wa West District Ghana Education Service (GES) Circuit Supervisor Huudu Abdul Kaadi Kunaateh in his speech encouraged the students to take such competitions seriously as this would enable them accomplish a lot academically.
Also, the chairman of NGAP, Lawyer Emmanuel L. Dubik Mahama encouraged the students to take up an interest in STEM education as the world is now a global village and the only means of bridging the poverty gap. He further stressed that there will be more literary contests to come and the students should be prepared to participate, as it would help them sharpen their intellect.
He also expressed his delight that 2 of the winners were girls since that is a clear indication that Girl Child education has really advanced in the Northern and Upper regions across ethnic and religious boundaries and commended parents for their encouragement to their wards. He stressed that the aim of NGAP is to ensure sustainable STEM education not only to youth but particularly the girl child who are the most vulnerable in the District.
He encouraged persons and organisations who would want to partner NGAP to reach out as development can only be achieved through a collaborative effort.
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The next installment of the Essay Contest will be undertaken in the Wa Central and Nandom Districts in the Upper West Region by February, 2019.