Bertha Badu-Agyei/Ben Akoto
Koforidua (E/R), July 13, GNA - The Tepa Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Junior High School (JHS) in the Ahafo Ano North district of the Ashanti Region were crowned winners of the Mondelez Cocoa Life National quiz competition.
The school, which was represented by Faustina Yeboah and Francine Awuah-Appau scored 45 points to beat Kyekyewere M/A JHS in the Ahafo North district, Ntunkumso R/C JHS in Sekyere East district all in the Ashanti region and Asempaneye JHS from Asunafo South district in the Brong Ahafo region, the first, second and third runners up respectively in the four-round contest.
For their prizes, the winners received a personal laptop each, a plaque certificate of participation as well as a plaque for their school and a cash prize of GHC 500 for each of the two winners.
The first and second runners up also received personal laptops each, a plaque and certificate for participation as well as plaque for their schools and the fourth school received certificates of participation.
All the students who contested from the preliminary round to the semi-finals were giving books and other learning materials, whiles all the participating schools also received a desktop computer.
The competition was organised by Mondelez International through the Cocoa life programme as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of Cocoa life in Ghana, in partnership with Right to play and Child Right International for children from the six cocoa growing regions in Ghana.
Cocoa Life is a sustainability project by Mondelez International, the largest cocoa buyer and producer of chocolate in the world, to ensure that cocoa farmers their communities and their children thrived to sustained quality production of cocoa in Ghana.
Currently, Cocoa life is operating in 447 communities across the six cocoa growing regions namely; Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti, Central, Western and Eastern regions with over 37,000 cocoa farmers benefiting from their programmes.
The Global Director of Mondelez International, Ms Cathy Pieters said her outfit which is a chocolate producer could make good cocoa products and be in business if all key players or stakeholders such as the cocoa farmer and her family and all those in the cocoa chain had better lives and living standards.
She said it was imperative to connect with people who grew the cocoa and engaged children in the cocoa growing areas to ensure that they had all good education and exposure to continue with cocoa production on a better scale.
Ms Pieters, therefore advised the children to continue studying hard, as it gave them opportunities to make life choices.
The Country lead of Mondelez International Cocoa Life Programme, Mrs Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, said cocoa life was committed to addressing the needs of children and their challenges in the 447 cocoa growing communities benefiting from the cocoa life programme.
She indicated that the education and overall development of children in the cocoa growing areas was critical in the cocoa value chain to ensure that children in cocoa growing communities thrived through their sustainable programmes and also to eliminate child labour on cocoa farms in Ghana.
The Executive Director Child Right International, Mr Bright Appiah, urged the teachers to continue shaping and mentoring the lives of the children and assured them of continuous engagement in their subsequent programme.
In all, 17 schools from 15 districts across the cocoa life sustainability areas participated in the two-day National competition.