MTN Ghana Foundation has announced that submission of entries for MTN Heroes of Change Season 6 dubbed “Special 25thAnniversary Edition” have been extended to 25th April 2022.
The extension is to enable the public to have ample time to scout and nominate their heroes. Members of the public who have not nominated their Heroes are encouraged to do so before the new deadline of 25th April 2022. Nominees should be individuals or institutions who have made significant impact in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The projects of the nominees should be in line with the focus areas of the MTN Ghana Foundation which are Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. Nominations can be made at www.heroes.mtn.com.gh, or via WhatsApp 0549767070.
A three-member panel has been selected to oversee the MTN Heroes of Change project. After the close of nominations, all projects received will be reviewed and shortlisted by the panel. Shortlisted projects will be pruned to 10 and the stories of these 10 will be filmed and featured in a 13-week television show. A total of GHc200,000 has been set aside to reward the final 10 heroes. Each of the ten (10) finalists will receive a cash prize of GHc 20,000, a certificate, and a citation. Their stories will also be showcased on TV and on MTN social media channels.
Commenting on the MTN Heroes of Change “Special 25th Anniversary Edition” the Executive Secretary of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mr. Robert Kuzoe said, “I happy to see this edition of MTN Heroes of Change been dedicated to reward COVID heroes. We want to honour the efforts of individuals and institutions who reached out to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Ghana. We want to showcase their work and celebrate them for their selfless contributions during the most difficult times of our lives. We are urging the public to nominate those extraordinary people who took the initiative to support their communities during the pandemic.”
MTN Heroes of Change was launched in July 2013 with the aim of identifying and recognizing selfless people who continue to sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives. Since its inception, 50 heroes have been recognized and awarded for their contributions to society whilst five out of the 50 have emerged as the overall Heroes of Change winners. As a result of its impact, MTN Heroes of Change has won several awards.
Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis
In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections.
This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.
Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.
In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.
Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.
The Solar Project
This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.
In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared: “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”
Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.
she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.
Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.
The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana.
This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.