Archbishop Porter Girls’ School emerges winner of “Trash to Treasure Art” competition

The Ahantaman Girls' Senior High School took the first-runner up position whiles St. John's School took home the third prize

Archbishop Porter Girls’ Senior High School has emerged winners of the “Trash to Treasure Art” competition organised to inculcate environmental protection and sustainability principles in the Ghanaian child.

The Ahantaman Girls’ Senior High School took the first-runner up position whiles St. John’s School took home the third prize.

The event, supported by Genial Sozial, Germany also saw other participating schools, like the Fijai Senior High School and St. Mary’s Boys Senior High School, who displayed creativity and a deep sense of commitment to sustainability, taking home consolation prizes.

The “Trash to Treasure” event, held at the Fijai Senior High School, is a project of the African Effectual Entrepreneurship Initiative (AEEI) being spearheaded by the Social Entrepreneurship Hub in Takoradi through its Nnoboa Space initiative, Society for Effectual Action, USA and Scio Network, Germany.

According to one of the organisers of the competition, Romeo A. B. Akoto, the competition was a success, fostering environmental awareness and showcasing the incredible talent and innovative spirit of Ghana’s young minds.

The overall objective was to empower students to become champions of sustainability and the circular economy through effectual Entrepreneurship.

The jury Angela Owusu Antwi, Yaw Andoh Mensah, Lanto Azasime, and Desmond Atitianti played a crucial role in the success of our maiden Trash 2 Treasure competition.

As experts, they also took the opportunity to encourage the students to take their lessons seriously and master their talent since the future is bright for them as art students.

Kwabena Obiri Yeboah, Emmanuel Nomafo, Abigail Amoako Kayser, Jim Zuffoletti and Brian Kayser from the African Effectual Entrepreneurship Initiative together extended their heartfelt gratitude to the heads of the participating institutions, heads and teachers of the visual art departments in the participating schools, and most importantly, the students who made the inaugural event a resounding success.

The team commended the dedication and ingenuity of the students which were instrumental in making the inaugural event successful.

The next exciting phase of the project would see the project expanding its reach, welcoming even more schools from across Ghana to join the “Trash to Treasure” challenge.

Peter Schaub-Nzoley, a teacher from Ahantaman Girls’ Senior High School, one the participating schools, extended appreciation to all the team members from the Social Entrepreneurship Hub for providing a platform for their students to showcase their talents.

He said, “I believe today’s programme had given all of us rich experience from the participating schools and we hope to see more of these programmes in the future.”

The African Effectual Entrepreneurship Initiative as part of this project had earlier organised a workshop for the teachers to brainstorm on strategies and share ideas aimed at shaping future African entrepreneurs.

The workshop also provided teachers with an opportunity to collaborate on a curriculum for teaching effectuation in high schools in Ghana.

The curriculum, already tested in the United States of America, is designed to empower future generations of African entrepreneurs which covers various topics, including effectual decision-making, opportunity identification and creation, and resource leveraging.

It emphasises the importance of collaboration, experimentation, and perseverance in the entrepreneurial journey.

Reporting by Isaac Hughes in the Western Region

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