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Ghana Cocoa Board and Ministry of Tourism launch National Chocolate Week

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This year’s National Chocolate Week has been officially launched under the theme, EAT CHOCOLATE, STAY HEALTHY, GROW GHANA. The official launch event which took place at the plush Marriot Hotel, was graced with the presence of the Minister of Information, Honourable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and other dignitaries. This year’s National Chocolate Week is a collaboration between The Ghana Cocoa Board and the Ministry of Tourism.

During his speech, the minister urged all stakeholders to play their respective roles in telling the Ghana chocolate or Cocoa story in a way that will ultimately drive consumption not only during this week long but also throughout the year and beyond. Chocolate week he mentioned, is to compliment the Valentine’s day and encourage the consumption of the Ghana Cocoa.

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The event witnessed a good performance to the Chocolate Song composed by Kofi Kinata and Amrado.
When Invited Guests got to the venue, they were greeted by a cocoa farm entrance to bring to life the essence of the event. It also gave guests the opportunity to see in real life, the cocoa tree and the cocoa pods.
There was also an exhibition where the media, dignitaries and other invited guests had the opportunity to engage with Chocolatiers who make wonderful products like facial bar soaps and scrubs, chocolate muffins and assorted Chocolate bars all from Ghana Cocoa.

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The Launch was climaxed with the unveil of the biggest Cocoa Pod Ghana has ever witnessed amidst fireworks and jubilation.

The week-Long celebration will begin with Brand Activation at selected transport terminals and banks, from 8th -14th February, 2021 where patrons get free chocolates after patronising some services.

The excitement continues at the first ever Gh Chocolate City at the Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout, the place to see and be seen. Meet your favourite radio and TV personalities, and a place you get to relive the chocolate journey and share your Chocolate moment on digital platforms and win prizes under strict covid protocols.

Other activities include the Inter-University Hall Cocoa Quiz competition, chocolate story competition and the bus.
The coming week indeed promises to be exciting. Don’t be left out of the fun, take a picture of yourself enjoying any chocolates product or Share any interesting experience you had with chocolate on your social media handles with any of the hashtag:

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#GhanaChocolateWeek’21,
#EatGhChocolate,
#Ghchocolatereigns,

Tag COCOBOD and win some exciting prizes. Be part of this grand celebration! Eat Chocolate; Stay Healthy; Grow Ghana

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Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis

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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.

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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.

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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.pastedGraphic.png