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Citi FM’s Literacy Challenge Enters Third Year


All is set for another year of exciting scholarship competition as Citi FM’s Literacy Challenge enters its third year.

The contest, which starters over a decade ago as an essay writing competition, has gradually become one of the most anticipated series of contests for JHS students who strive for supremacy in essay writing, academic aptitude and general knowledge.

The first hurdle to this prize is a handwritten essay with a 600-word limit on a topic that complements Citi TV’s War Against Discipline Campaign:

In recent years, indiscipline on our roads has led to the loss of many lives. In light of this, write an essay, suggesting ways to solve this problem, in order to help Ghana’s economy to grow and develop.

Ahead of the new deadline of August 12, 2019, entries are coming in from across Ghana. 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.

The GH¢ 10,000 prize shall be within touching distance for the top 10, who will battle it out in a traditional general quiz that will test the critical thinking, oral and numeracy skills, among others.

The first and second runner ups shall be awarded GH¢5,000 and GHc3,000 respectively.

The ultimate victor will join the past winners of the competition; Krystyn Naa Adoley Bruce and Ayeyi Atta Kakra Anim-Addo, who both schooled in Christ the King International School.

Though the cash prizes will be the focus of attention, the top 10 contestants are guaranteed mentorship and grooming sessions geared towards building their confidence. Their preparation will also have a psychological angle to help with any mental stress ahead of the quiz and even beyond.

In the previous edition, for example, Eugenia Tachie-Menson, the Country Director of the Young Educators Foundation, organiser of the National Spelling Bee competition, has taken the contestants through exercises that sharpen their vocabulary and grammar.

Past contestants have also benefitted from coaching and mentorship from Michael Ohene-Effah, founder of the Leadership Farm, and Citi FM General Manager, Bernard Avle.

As we build towards the announcements of the top 50 contestants, the Citi FM staff have been on a school engagement series to interact with students in their schools.

The engagements, which have been supported by, Fan Choco and Old Mutual, sponsors for the Literacy Challenge, have passed through schools like Englebert School, Vine Christian School, Grace Preparatory, Victory Presby and Kay Billie Klaer International School.

Aside from introducing them to the dynamics of the Literacy Challenge. These interactions afforded Citi FM the opportunity to educate students on the invaluable skills and benefits of literacy and numeracy and of being a well-rounded student that excel in different fields.

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