Junior Graphics Essay Contest Reaches Final Stage

Ato Afful (right), Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited, shares a reflection with the candidates. Junior Graphic editor Hanna Amoah watches

A test was organized for 50 qualified students for the final phase of the National Junior Graphic Essay Competition (JGNEC).

It was undertaken in the regional offices of Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) across the country.

Ten students who obtain the required mark will be selected for the final.

The top winner will receive GH¢500, a laptop and souvenirs from the competition sponsors, while the second and third winners will win new tablets and GH¢500 each, with the fourth to 10th winners receiving GH¢. 300 each and souvenirs.

Students wrote essays on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and child abuse.


The 50 students who wrote the essay on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 represented eight regions – Greater Accra, Ashanti, North, Upper West, Volta, Central, East and Bono.

Eleven students wrote the essay at the GCGL headquarters in Accra; three in the company’s Tema office, four each in the North and Bono, 16 in the East, five in the Volta and Central, and one each in the Ashanti and Upper West regions.

Those who wrote in Accra arrived at GCGL’s head office at 9 a.m. and had the opportunity to interact with the company’s Managing Director, Mr. Ato Afful, and other media giant officials before and after the test.

Mr. Afful encouraged the students to be confident and to carefully read all the instructions provided to them before answering the questions.

“I am confident that you will do very well in the future. These essays will be archived for future reference. You can come back years later and read the essays you write today.

“You are part of the story now; move forward with confidence,” he said.

Mr. Afful commended the all-girl contestants from Accra for their efforts to reach the final stage of the competition and urged their male counterparts to take keen interest in the JGNEC.

“Gradually the advocacy for the little girl evolved so that the little boy was left unattended.

“It is not surprising that there are more qualified girls than boys. Let’s encourage our boys to also cultivate the habit of reading,” he added.

Junior Graphic Editor-in-Chief Hannah A. Amoah advised students to keep reading the Junior Graphic to broaden their horizons and also seek out more information about the contest.


Some of the contestants who shared their experiences at the end of the competition hoped to qualify for the final.
Rita Nana Akua Agyekum from the Garrison Basic School said the questions were simple, contrary to her expectations.

Vanessa Asiedu from St Bernadette Soubirous School also said that although she was tense at first, she became confident when she saw the questions.

Aniel Otuo Serebour of Trinity Stars School, the youngest applicant, also said encouragement from her teachers and parents got her this far.

She expressed her confidence that she would be among the 10 finalists.

Aniel’s mother, Rebecca Otuo Serebour, said: “She has just been in sixth grade and I marvel at her zeal for writing articles. I can’t wait to see his name published among the 10 winners.

Essay questions

Candidates had to answer three questions and answer only one. The questions were:

1. Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action aims to take action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Write an article for publication in a national newspaper on two impacts of climate change on the environment and what can be done to correct the situation.

2. As one of the main speakers in a debate on the motion: “Corporal punishment should be banned in elementary schools,” write your speech for or against the motion.

3. SDG 16 focuses on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and access to justice for all. Write a letter to the chief executive of the district in your area and discuss with him the three ways that residents of the district can easily access justice.


The essay competition, which had the theme: “Influencing the creativity and critical thinking of young people through writing”, took place in two phases.

During the preliminary phase, 50 participants qualified for the final phase out of the 800 applications submitted in different regions.

The competition, which is in partnership with the Office of the President’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Unit and Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), is sponsored by BiC and Beta Malt.

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