Bernard Avle, head of Citi Breakfast Show
Citi 97.3 FM has kick-started its nationwide educational competition to promote literacy among the youth.
Themed ‘The Literacy Challenge’, the contest which seeks to reward the best student with GH¢10,000 encourages students in junior high schools (JHS) to strive for excellence in essay writing, academic aptitude and general knowledge.
To access the reward, students are to present a 600-limit handwritten essay on the topic: ‘War Against Discipline Campaign’.
Indiscipline on our roads has led to many losing their lives in recent years. In light of this, the student is to write an essay suggesting ways in which the menace can be solved, in aid to help Ghana’s economic growth and development.
Entries are coming in across Ghana ahead of the new deadline of August 12, 2019.
The top 50 contestants with the most compelling essays will be given the opportunity to sit for an aptitude test at the Literacy Challenge Test Centre in Accra, with a place in the final 10 at stake.
A prize of GH¢10,000 will be given to the top 10 students who will battle it out in a traditional general quiz that will test the critical thinking, oral and numeracy skills of the students.
The first and second runners-up will receive an award for GH¢5,000 and GH¢3,000 respectively. The best student will have opportunity to join past winners of the competition.
The top 10 contestants are guaranteed mentorship and grooming sessions to enhance their confidence and sharpen their vocabulary and grammar. The preparation, however, will have a psychological angle to help with any mental stress ahead of the quiz and beyond.
The staff of Citi FM have been on a school engagement series, which is supported by Fan Choco and Old Mutual, as well as The Literacy Challenge to interact with students in various schools toward the announcements of the top 50 contestants.