UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc, has launched the 4th edition of its annual essay competition.
Launched in 2014 in Ghana, the competition provides a platform to develop the intellectual and writing abilities of Senior High School students across Africa.
At a ceremony in Accra, Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Abiola Bawuah who launched the programme charged students to take advantage of the scheme to help them achieve their dreams.
She said “for three consecutive years, we have organised and sponsored nine students at the tertiary level, and this year we are hoping to make it 12. We are committed to this and will keep supporting students who strive to achieve academic excellence in cognitive writing among other academic disciplines.”
The CEO of the UBA Foundation, Bola Atta said, “One of our key focus areas is education as it leads to empowerment, especially for the youths who are the future leaders on the continent. We have launched in three African countries presently and plan on extending this to all countries in which we operate.
Augustus Owusu-Agyemfra, the Deputy Director of the Secondary Division of the Ghana Education Service, in his remarks praised UBA for their contribution to education and pledged their support to sensitize all Senior High Schools of the Competition.
“I have heard of the competition and I have learnt of its contribution. We will use our connection with all the schools to ensure this year’s competition is well promoted,” he stated.
Dorcas Darko, a previous winner who is in her third year at the University of Ghana shared her experience with the guests.
“UBA has been very instrumental in my education. My parents didn’t have to stress to raise my school fees because UBA had it covered. I am grateful to the organization and especially the UBA Foundation. I would like to encourage everyone who qualifies to participate in the competition. UBA are really true to their words”
Frederick Asante, also a previous winner, recounted his moments.
“To me it was very challenging. I learnt a lot through participating in the UBA Foundation Essay Competition. It broadened my horizon and tested my cognitive skills. I would like to thank the Foundation for their support and like to entreat high school students to take it serious this time”
The students stand the chance of winning educational grants to help their tuition in any African University of their choice.
The winner will receive US$5,000 while the 1st runner up takes home US$3,500 with the 2nd runner up going home with US$2,000.
The National Essay Competition in Ghana has produced nine winners, some of whom are studying in various universities in Ghana.
Entries for the fourth edition start on Thursday, October 5 and will close on Friday, November 10. Applicants are required to submit handwritten essays of not more than 750 words to any UBA Ghana branch or to the head office, Heritage Tower in Accra, on the topic: “Galamsey or illegal mining has been a menace to the Ghanaian society causing ill effects. As a student, what ways or methods do you suggest can curb this societal problem?”
By Nana Oye Ankrah