Yolanda Amankwaah Danso, a student of the St. Louis Senior High School, Kumasi, has won the 2019 SDG Youth Essay Competition organised by the Youth Empowerment Synergy and 100% for the Children.
Yolanda was adjudged the winner of the Essay Competition after a keenly contested second level assessment organised for the top 20 finalists. For her prize, she won GHS5,000. Regina Koranteng of Mfantsiman Girls’ Senior High School placed second, winning a cash prize of GHS3,000. Caroline Kyeremateng, a student of Anglican Senior High School, Kumasi placed third and won GHS1,000. Chleo-Patra Azantilow of St. Louis Senior High School and Joshua Ogyemoko Baleto of the Achimota School placed fourth and fifth respectively. All top 5 winners received a special certificate of recognition and new roles as SDG Youth Ambassadors.
In attendance was the Ag. UN Resident Coordinator and UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Ms. Anne-Claire Dufay congratulated YES-Ghana and 100% for the Children for an initiative that allows young people to translate their knowledge on the SDGs into taking action towards Ghana’s efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Dufay also commended the top 20 finalists for making it to the Second Level Assessment and Awards Ceremony. She charged them to be champions and ambassadors of the SDGs in their schools and communities.