A total of 30 students of Old Lashibi JHS have received various prizes for taking part in an essay competition titled ‘Power of My Dream and Aspirations’ organized by Rotary Club Accra and Spintex.

President of Rotary Club of Accra and Spintex, Jonas Ayiquey Addo explained the competition was limited to girls and 30 participated .

Seven students from “Form 3”, 14 students from “form 2 and nine students from “form 1” competed.

Out of the 30 girls who participated and were awarded, the best three had prizes to encourage them continue to aspire to improve society.

Mr. Ayiquey Addo said the competition came about as a declamation made by Rotary International president directing all clubs to make girl empowerment their number one priority for 2021 and 2022.

As a result of this, partners in the United States, “Girls Tower High” came up with the competition and it’s scheme as Rotary Accra and Spintex organized it.

The essay was supervised by the teachers in the school and marked by Rotary facilitators.

Process of competition was based on a well-defined criteria and was shared with the school authorities.


The school used a diversified method of selection.

The top 10 students were then selected for a virtual interview with the sponsors in the United States.

Out of the top 10 finalists, three students emerged as the best.

At the end of the first part of the competition, five students from “Form 3” , Four students from “Form 2” and a student from “Form 1” qualified to be in the top 10.

Every student who participated walked away with a school bag, mathematical set, 10 note books, 10 pens , three story books, and a certificate of participation.

Additional prizes for the first runner up consisted of a 14-inch lap top which comes with a bag and a wireless but with available data.

Second runner up took home HP Samsung tablet and a cash prize.

Other participants received a hundred cedis each.

Meanwhile, Municipal Chief Executive for Tema West, Anne Naa Adukwei Addo, who graced the occasion, asked the girls to count themselves lucky.

She encouraged the girls to continue working harder and dream big to get to their goal in life, adding that this kind of competition should be extended to more schools in Tema West to develop the confidence level of students in the municipality.