The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Westlink Impact Network, Emmanuel Kwesi Baah Jnr., has urged government to award tertiary students who are doing great works out of campus to reduce graduate unemployment.
Speaking at the median edition of Africa Education Awards in Accra, the CEO said the Africa Education Awards is a prestigious awards scheme, which seeks to recognize, celebrate and acknowledge students from JHS to tertiary education, teachers and heads of schools from various levels.
“The Africa Education Awards is the biggest educational awards ceremony in Africa, if not the world to introduce $200 cash prize to the winners and also introduce for the first time Gold award, Gold medal, certificate of honour to those who did not win any category,” he added.
Mr Baah Jnr indicated that the award scheme is aimed at using innovations and creativity to bring out imaginative ideas into reality. According to him, it is the vision of the company in solving the world’s difficult challenges.
He announced that the scheme will organize capacity building, entrepreneurial and leadership training to the winners. That, he indicated, would be aimed at empowering and encourage them to become student entrepreneur.
Students who won prestigious awards during the ceremony were Lucy Adutwumwaa Akowuah Jnr; Student Blogger /Author of the Year, UCC; Tsewor Johnson Selasi, Student of the Year, UPSA; Emmanuel Hagan Jnr., Student Mean of year ENCHICO; Faustina Cujoe, Student Entrepreneur of the year, HCCE.
The rest were Anafo Elizabeth, Student in Nursing of the year, UDS; Frimpong Stephen Kwabena, Student leader of the year STU; Abubakari Iman, Student Women of the year UCC; Sandra Owusu, Student Beauty Queen of the year, UG; and Deborah Akunor Kwakye, Student Musician of the year, KNUST.
In all, 40 students were awarded, with 9 getting $200 each plus gold award, medal and certificate. The rest were awarded with gold medals, certificate.