UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility wing of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana, has launched its third National Essay competition for students of all Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.
This year’s competition has the theme, “Can young persons in leadership promote national development in Ghana.”
The competition, which started in 2014, was to offer a competitive platform for students to develop their intellectual writing abilities as well as win educational grants for tertiary education.
Launching the competition, Abiola Bawuah, Managing Director of UBA Ghana, said the company believes education remained the key solution to alleviating social problems, and that the bank was committed to supporting the youth to gain access to education.
She said the objective of the essay was to engage students to use their intellectual abilities to contribute to issues of national importance and offer the opportunity for the youth to express their opinions and views.
Mrs. Bawuah called for an active collaboration from the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that more students across the country participated in the competition.
Chief Executive of UBA Foundation, Ijeoma Aso, expressed worry over the low number of entries in the previous editions, compared to the high patronage in Nigeria and Senegal, and urged stakeholders in the sector to support the company to reach targets outlined in the initiative.
Ms. Evelyn Araba Zentey, Deputy Director, Curriculum Research and Development Division of the GES, commended the Foundation for focusing on enabling access to education, and pledged her outfit’s readiness to support the initiative to serve as a source of change.
She called on the Foundation to consider competitions in arts and designs for students who are skilled in that field.
By Claude Nyarko Adams