The competition launched on November 30, is open to children between the ages of 10 and 15 and will provide the platform for young ones to unearth and nurture their creative writing talents. It aims to raise young authors with talent in the area of creative writing, while increasing the awareness of parents and guardians to inculcate the habit of saving into children.
The ‘Budding Writer’ will ride on the back of Access Bank’s unique child savings account, Early Savers, which is geared towards raising financially healthy children through literacy programmes, events and activities.
Launching the competition, the Group Head for Personal Banking at Access Bank Ghana, Mr Stephen Abban, explained the competition dynamics permits each participant to submit one entry only, which shall be reviewed by a panel of judges. He used the opportunity to entreat parents and guardians to therefore encourage their children to participate in the competition for a chance to win attractive prizes.
To enter the competition, interested children are to submit a 250 word long original essay on the topic “The importance of saving”. All entries that meet the required criteria, will be reviewed by a panel of seasoned experts. The prizes at stake include:
1. A cash prize of GHS 1,000 for the best author; GHS500 and GHS 250 for the first and second runners up respectively. These amounts shall be deposited into an Access Early Savers accounts for the winners.
2. Other seven (7) winners shall also receive stationery sets and have the opportunity to tour the Access Bank Head Office and interact with the Managing Director and other members of Management.
3. The winning stories will be published on the Bank’s social media pages.
All existing and prospective Early Savers Account holders of Access Bank Ghana within the age limit can participate and stand to win these amazing prizes. The Early Savers account allows parents to save for their unborn and young children while giving each child the opportunity to save for a bright future.
The competition is the second children’s competition launched by the Bank in the creative arts, a key area in the Bank’s sustainable business strategy.
Last year the Bank launched the ‘Promoting Art through Innovation’ initiative to help identify, nurture, and support pupils with visual arts talent to hone their skills through school competitions.
Access Bank continues to demonstrate its commitment for community investment and growth and has been recognized at the recently held West African Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Awards as “Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility”, an accolade that was also awarded to the bank in 2014 and 2010 at the Ghana Banking Awards.