For the past seven years, Nestlé Ghana has been the main sponsor for the Presidential Independence Day Awards for the best twenty children who excel in the Basic Education Certificate Examination, each academic year.
This year’s awards ceremony took place on Saturday 5th March 2016 at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
Winners of this year’s President’s Independence Day Awards were presented with an attractive winning package of a Samsung Tablet, Cash Prize, Crystal Plaque, Gold Plated Medallion and one year supply of Nestlé Products. Winners were also taken on a tour to the Nestlé Ghana Factory in Tema Industrial Area.
Speaking at the event, the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur reiterated the government’s commitment to accessibility of basic education for all children of school going age in Ghana. He commended Nestlé Ghana for its sponsorship of the programme for the past years.
“We are committed to improve access to basic education and bridge the gender gap in education through appropriate collaboration. For the continued support of the President’s Awards, we thank our major sponsors Nestlé,” he added.
The Managing Director for Nestlé Ghana, Mrs. Freda Y. Duplan outlined that Nestlé is committed to supporting initiatives such as these because of their long term impact on promoting excellence in education and national development.
“We have examined the intersection of societal challenges and our business needs by applying a multi-stakeholder approach to address and contribute to national development through education. This, we have integrated in our business strategy”, she said.
Speaking to the Award Winners, the Minister of Education, Hon. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, commended this year’s awardees: “You continue to inspire me, especially the younger generations. It is my expectation that winners of today’s awards will live up to expectation.” She recognised the efforts of parents, teachers who have supported the children to reach this feat in their lives.
Through its Milo brand, the company supports other youth development initiatives in sports such as the Milo under- 13 Champion’s League, the Accra Milo Marathon, among others. Going through the archives of Nestlé’s active involvement in sports development in the country, Nestlé Milo has unearthed talent(s) for the Black Stars with players like Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Laryea Kingston, John Mensah, Mageed Waris, just to mention a few, being beneficiaries of Milo grassroots soccer.