With the submission of entries brought to a close on the 19th of August, the 2011 edition of Citi FM’s national essay writing contest, ‘Write Away’ Contest has moved into its penultimate phase.
The competition, which seeks to unearth Ghana finest writing talent among school pupils between the ages of 10 and 14, tasked participants to write an essay of not less than 600words detailing what they would do as president of Ghana to beneficially exploit the nation’s recent crude oil find.
Consequently, after weeks of feverish writing by pupils from all over Ghana, the final lap of Citi FM’s quest for the most inspiring and thought provoking essay begins this week.
In an interview, Head of Events at Citi FM, Philip Kofi Ashon noted that over a thousand essays had poured in from across the length and breadth of the country by midnight of August 19th; the official closing date for submissions.
He noted that the team of highly competent and erudite writers and educationists which included internationally renowned educationist Anis Haffar and several high profile members of the Ghana Association of Writers had begun the very thorough and scrupulous process of marking each script.
The key parameters for assessing each of the scripts include Mechanical Accuracy, Content, Organization and Expression.
Avid listeners of the award winning station will certainly not be left out of the loop in this exciting process.
From Wednesday August 23, through till winners of the contest are finally determined, Ghana can tune in to Citi 97.3FM and listen to the thoughts of her children on the discovery of oil in commercial quantities and how best this key resource should be managed and utilized for the betterment of the Ghanaian citizenry.
Randomly selected essays from the received entries will be read on the Citi Breakfast Show which starts at 6:25 am, Brunch in the Citi which airs at 10:05 am and Citi Drive which is live on-air at 2:05pm.
This year’s edition of the Contest which was officially launched on July 16, challenges young participants to put themselves in the President’s shoes and suggest the most prudent ways to which the revenue from the country’s crude oil find can be managed and applied.
The ‘Write Away’ Contest; the second phase of the ‘Write Away’ Campaign, is an annual national essay writing contest, open to students between ages 10 and 14 where winners are treated to a week’s educational trip to a foreign location and are exposed to other cultures and traditions.
It will be recalled that ahead of the 2011 contest, the campaign started with the ‘Write Away’ Writing Clinic, which provided over 700 pupils in the Accra and Tema Metropolis, the platform to be taken through the rudiments of Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non Fiction writing.
Thousands of children from all over the country between the ages of 10 and 14 have from July 18 competed to win the bragging rights of being the nation’s best young writers of 2011.
At the tail-end of the contest, six children will be selected as winners and will receive an exhilarating prize package comprising an educational trip to London, South Africa or Namibia.
The 2011 Write Away Contest is sponsored by Air Namibia, Virgin Atlantic Ghana, Merchant Bank, The Host and British Council Ghana.