As part of efforts to unearth creativity in young children in Ghana, Toyota Ghana Company Limited has rewarded 9 kids who emerged winners in its 10th Dream Car Art Contest Awards Ceremony for presenting the best artwork intended to help solve problem in communities.
The 9 awardees represents the top 3 winners selected from three categories namely; children less than 8 years, children between 18-11years and the last category which is children between 12 and 15 years respectively.
They were rewarded with various fantastic prizes including bicycles with safety protective sets, Toyota branded bags and electronic tablets with already downloaded learning.
For the first category of winners, Yaw Obeng Omane Boamah, a student of the Merton Int. School emerged the overall winner followed by Aislyn Nyarko Owusu-Bempah(2nd position) and Berthleen Baaba Ntsefoa Fletcher( 3rd position).
The second category of winners saw Adrijaa Pal also a student of Merton Int. School in Accra was adjudged the overall winner whilst Henry Danso Yeboah of the Crown Prince Academy came second followed by Ama Obeng-Sakyi as winner for the 3rdplace.
Meanwhile, Caleb Enam Banini a student of Morning Star Int. Sch. tops the third category followed by Evelyn Akosua Bonsu of Crown Prince Academy School who emerged 2nd place winner whilst Emmanuel John Mahama was declared the 3rd place winner.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Managing Director of Toyota Ghana, Mr. Tetsuya Suematsu, said, the top 3 awardees will also stand the chance to represent Ghana at the world stage in an international event -the World Contest, Japan slated for August, 2016 for a grand prize should in case their artworks are selected. According to him, this year’s contest is the 10thin history since Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) of Japan has begun the Dream Car Art Contest awards.
He noted with about 674 entries of artwork received this year by TMC, Ghana has topped the list of other countries around the world with the highest figure which was grouped into the 3 categories and later reduced to 200 shortlisted entries before it was finally narrowed down to the first top 3 adjudged winners within the 3 categories.
For her part, Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang, Minister for Education extoled the participants’ for the excellent creativity exuded during the contest, urging them not to relent in their efforts to be creative always in their academic works. She equally advised the kids to endeavor to read copiously and also research new ideas so as to contribute immensely to shaping the world.
The Minister in her speech read on behalf of her by the Director of Pre-Tertiary Education of the Ministry of Education, Mad. Rabiana Azara Amandi lauded Toyota Ghana for showing keen interest in ‘not only the sale of cars, but also contributing to promotion of education in the country’.
The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is an annual art competition for children up age of 15. The competition invites children from all over the world to express their creativity by drawing their dream cars that can solve a problem in their community.
The competition also witnessed the 200 shortlisted entries rewarded for the level of creativity displayed with Toyota branded books and school supplies.