Morkporkpor Anku, GNA
Accra, Oct. 11, GNA – The Management of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana Foundation the corporate social responsibility arm of the UBA Plc, has launched the 2018 edition of its annual National Essay Competition for second cycle institutions.
The essay competition in its fifth year, formed part of UBA Foundation’s education initiative, aimed at promoting the reading culture and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition among secondary school student.
The topic to write on this year: "Law Enforcement, the Responsibility of All".
The winner will receive an amount of $5,000 and a trophy as wining prize, whiles the first and second runners-up will receive $3500 and $2000 respectively.
The cash prize serves as an educational grant for the winners to study in any African university of their choice.
Mrs Abiola Bawuah, Managing Director, UBA Ghana, at the media launch in Accra on Thursday, called for entries.
She said they were on a journey to identify three more finalists, who would have their tertiary education taken care of by the Bank.
She said this would bring the number of students the UBA Foundation was catering for Ghana to 15.
She said the Bank believed in the support of the Ghanaian youth and one important step the Bank took was to do this through education.
"I remember, in this room last year, the emotions poured out by Jason Ghansah of Presec and her mother. To them it was a dream come true-one that is shed on the big stage," she said.
Mrs Bawuah expressed the hope that at the end of the competition, management would have tested the cognitive skills of these students and improved their way of thinking towards societal issues.
She said all have dreams and in pursuant of these dreams sometimes, "we need someone to tell us we can do it; to push us up and even hold our hands."
She said at UBA, they focused their energies to educational initiatives and this is the fifth year, since management started supplying literature books written by African writers to a number of SHD across the country.
The supply of literature is under the ‘Read Africa’ initiative to encourage and promote the improvement of both writing and reading culture in secondary schools.
She called on the Ghana Education Service and other stakeholder and the media to encourage students in the second cycle institutions to put in their entries.
Mr Augustus Agyemfra, a representative from GES, said the topic for this year's competition was appropriate at this time of the National discourse, where lawlessness has become a topic for discussion on all the airwaves.
He said the quest to enforce the law must be a responsibility for all citizens, adding that GES was happy and supports this laudable programme.
"We are particularly happy for the path that the UBA has chosen in order to enable our youth, especially SHS students to contribute to national issues," he said.
He commended management of UBA for their annual distribution of reading materials to selected schools across the country.
He encouraged all SHS to read and take advantage and participate in the competition.