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Competition For Reach For Change

By: Kofi Dwumah

 


A Competition was held by Reach For Change Ghana, to improve children’s literacy. An initiative by a non-profit organization, with Hon. Abena Osei Asare, Deputy Finance Minister, as a special guest of honour.

Children from various regions and cities were involved in this competition, but three of them emerged as winners (all Ghanaians);

Phoebe Emega Agbesi(Teen Mother Build Initiative), Lawrence Antwi-Boasiako (Let the Children Study Health Malaria Lifestyle Modification of Education), and Mr. Wisdom Kafui-Honu. (Student of College of Professional Studies)

Kafui-Honu, who won the contest by receiving the most votes for his idea in an open online poll, was presented with a $750 award by Reach for Change. In addition to the $750 prize, Hon. Abena Osei  Asare, Deputy minister for finance, said, Kafui-Honu will also be connected to a mentor at Reach for Change to help guide him through the implementation and the scaling of his project.

In a post on facebook, Kafui-Honu said that his innovative libraries focused on developing problem solving techniques, ICT and basic literacy skills among children to help improve their chances in life. “Children will be fueled with much hope for a brighter future, as they find the opportunity to read story books, draw their future and most importantly, study textbooks to pass all exams” Kafui-Honu wrote.

Among the finalists were Kokubanza Timanywa, of Dar es Salam of Tanzania, who proposed an event to help build a reading and story writing culture, by empowering children to write and publish their own stories to distribute in Tanzanian communities; Houzibe Lama of Chad, who proposed establishing an agricultural learning center  and seed exchange programs, to help address food security and agricultural skills, and Lawrence Antwi Boasiako of Accra, with his idea for comprehensive health initiative  to provide sports equipment, implement malaria reduction efforts and commence an educational campaign to help improve Ghanaians overall health and wellbeing.

For the past three years, Reach For Change has organized the Pan-African Innovation contest to encourage and empower African children and youth to take initiatives to address issues for children that they observe in their communities. In 2017, the organization also added the sustainable development goals to the criteria to provide young Africans with opportunities to contribute to achieving the goals in their own communities.  

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