Reading Helps Discover Talents
Junior Graphic/EPP Award Winners Receive Prizes(11/30/2005)
Winners of the Junior Graphic/EPP Books Service Essay Competition were at the weekend presented with their prizes at a funfair held at the Aviation Social Centre to climax the fifth anniversary celebration of the re-introduction of the Junior Graphic.
The first prize winner at the SSS level was Master Bayo Yusifi El-Alawa of Mfantsipim School,Cape Coast.He took home a computer and its accessories,books and some Junior Graphic souvenirs.
Miss Giuseppina Baafi of New Juaben Secondary Commercial School,Koforidua,came second,and for her prize,she received a cheque for ¢5 million,books and souvenirs.
In the JSS category,Hawa Ibrahim of Tarkwa Methodist JSS received a computer and its accessories,books and souvenirs for emerging the winner of that category.
Plange Adamah of Amusudai JSS,Adabraka,who came second, received a cheque for ¢3 million,books and souvenirs.Samuel Duodu Abbrey of CRIG Primary School,New Tafo Akim, and Pearl Fleischer of Sunyani won the first and second prizes respectively in the Upper Primary category.
For their prizes,Samuel took home ¢2.5 million,while Pearl received books and souvenirs.Little Abena Akweley Okai of UGARS Primary was the proud winner in the Lower Primary category,and for her prize,she received a cheque for ¢1.5 million,while Beatrice Mensah of Bright Child Academy, Winneba,who came second,took away books and souvenirs.
Eight other students received consolation prizes for performing creditably in the competition.Some corporate bodies which joined the Graphic Communications Group Ltd (GCGL)to donate the prizes to the winners were:The EPP Books Service which donated all the books and cash.
The ChildNet Electronic Publishing Co. Ltd presented educative,nteractive and entertaining CD-ROMS,while PaperPen Systems Ltd donated Mica puzzles as prizes to the winners.
Addressing the children,the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry,Mr Kwadwo Affram Asiedu, urged the youth to cultivate the habit of reading,since it would help them to discover their talents.
He told the children that it was through reading, particularly the Junior Graphic,when he was a young boy that he was able to discover what he wanted to do in future.
The Managing Director of the GCGL, Mr Berifi Apenteng, said the Junior Graphic was a symbol of the company’s vision for the youth and their development,adding that the paper was rendering a social service to the youth,with the aim of instilling in them the habit of reading and providing a corrective measure for the fallen standard of English language in schools.
"A clear testimony of this is the writing competition the paper organised, in collaboration with the EPP Books Service,”he said.
Mr Apenteng said the company had decided to subsidise the paper by selling it for only ¢2,000,instead of passing on the real cost to schoolchildren.
A member of the technical working committee on the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS),Mr Bernard Ntim,said the Ghana Education Service (GES) would continue to work hand in hand with the Junior Graphic in educating the public on the new sytem.
The Editor of the Junior Graphic,Mrs Mavis Kitcher, recalled how the paper was re-introduced and the response it received. "
We have been able to deliver to your expectation again and again with each publication," she said.She said,for instance,that the first publication was a modest 12,000 copies,when it was first published on September 6,2000, but the high demand of the paper saw a sharp rise in circulation within two weeks and by the end of the year, circulation had peaked to 120,000 copies."
We could not have achieved all that without you, our cherished readers,and also parents,guardians as well as teachers,who regularly buy the paper for their children," she said.