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Nestlé MILO Celebrates Academic Excellence at the 65th President’s Independence Day Awards

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Nestlé MILO® in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, through the Ghana Education Service, once again demonstrated commitment to quality education through the 65th President’s Independence Day Awards 2022. The awards, instituted in 1993, recognize the outstanding performance of students from public schools in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E). This year, 36 high achievers from the 16 regions of Ghana, including four with special educational needs, were awarded.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Center, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Ltd, Georgios Badaro congratulated the students and reiterated Nestlé’s commitment to helping to shape future generations.

“Each of you gave your all in the BECE and came out successful. You exhibited the values of resilience and grit that MILO® champions. These critical life skills help will help you become more rounded on your developmental path.”

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his remarks, commended Nestlé for sponsoring the awards for the past 15 years and highlighted the government’s commitment to continue to provide quality education to millions of children in Ghana.

Each of the award winners received a Samsung tablet, cash prize, crystal plaque, medal, one-year’s supply of Nestlé products and a certificate signed by President Akufo-Addo.

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In addition to the support of the President’s Independence Day Awards, MILO® in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, through the Ghana Education Service, has been discovering and developing future sports champions with the MILO® Under-Thirteen Champions League for the past thirty years, reaching over 100,000 school children across the country annually.

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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