The Country Representative for the United States Agency of International Agency (USAID), Ms Yvette Malcion, has urged pupils to express themselves in their communities and the world at large through writing to the general public.
According to her, writing was such an important skill that could take them to so many places and also create enormous opportunities for them.
Speaking at this year’s Junior Graphic National Essay Competition in Accra on Monday Ms Malcion advised: “You should read frequently and take advantage of promoting your views on the internet to the general public.”
She encouraged the children to read more educational materials for better understanding and clarity in writing.
The competition themed, ‘Reading wide, writing right: Key to excellence’ was organised by the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCL) in collaboration with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Unit and other development partners in inculcating the culture and writing in basic schools.
Mrs Kitcher said the essay competition was to encourage students to think critically about the topics and offer ideas to the discourse which reflected on the societal development.
Representing the Technical Advisor of the SDG unit, Madam Leticia Brown, expressed the importance for young pupils in basic schools to be abreast of the SDGs to understand the growth of the country.
She noted that the winner of the essay competition would be given the opportunity to visit the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo.
The launching ceremony was attended by some primary schools including the Saint Joseph’s Catholic School, Additrom School and Virgoo Preparatory School.
BY DAVID TAKYI