Actress Naa Ashorkor has started a campaign aimed at encouraging reading among school children.

The campaign, dubbed ‘Aspire to Bee” is a spelling competition geared towards encouraging pupils to engage in productive extracurricular activities and most importantly expand their vocabulary.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the campaign held at the Pokuase 1&2 Methodist School last week, the award winning actress indicated that the initiative was as a result of her deep passion to hear young children speak and express themselves in flawless English.

She added that her choice of the school was as a result of a disturbing experience shared by one of her siblings during her time as a national service personnel at the school.

Recounting the experience, the actress who also doubles as the host of popular radio show The Zone on Starr 103.5FM, indicated her sister noticed a disturbing trend in the way her pupils expressed themselves in English after they were all unable to write an apology letter.

This sparked a light bulb moment that ignited a passion in her to embark on this campaign.

Addressing parents and pupils at the event, the Local Manager for the area, Very Rev. Kwame Amoah Mensah, expressed his gratitude towards Naa Ashorkor and hoped that the event would be one in the series of many other events that will help his pupils improve their English speaking skills.

He added that the initiative will go a long way to facilitate writing in both internal and external examinations.

After three competitive rounds consisting of spelling, forming sentences and identifying common images three students were announced winners.

The ultimate winner, Eric Asare, a pupil of Pokuase 2 Methodist School took home a Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary, two Enid Blyton story books and other consolation prizes

Helena Ekpe also from Pokuase 2 Methodist School, who came second took home a Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary, three story books donated by MTN,  Enid Blyton story books, 10 Cowbell branded exercise books among other prizes.

For coming third, Josephine Yaotse of Pokuase 1 Methodist School, received a Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary, two story books and five Cowbell branded exercise books.

This initiative was sponsored by Cowbell, MTN Pulse, EPP Books, MTN Foundation, Special Drinks, Awake Mineral Water and Dreamoval Foundation.

Source: graphic showbiz