Charles Ofori Antipem, a young entrepreneur who created a mobile laboratory for the use of basic and junior high science experiments, in order to address the pressing issue of a lack of practical science education within Ghana, was at the weekend adjudged the ultimate winner of the MTN Heroes of Change Season V.
He walked home with the coveted prize of GH¢100,000 to continually transform the way of teaching and learning in science as well as increase the interest in the study of science in pupils.
Mr Ofori Antipem is the Co-Founder of Dext Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) who is using science and technology to transform lives.
Since the programme’s formation, over 22, 000 pupils have participated in the laboratories. Additionally, the programme has trained 550 educators and 370 schools on the devices, allowing the interest of science to spread around the youth community within Ghana.
Answering questions from journalists, Mr Ofori Antipem indicated his outfit’s readiness to assist interested persons poised to produce anything through science and technology.
According to him, his outfit will judiciously put the prize money of GH¢100,000 to good use to inure to the benefit of the society.
The other category winners were Ms Diana Adjei, Economic Empowerment; Dr Benjamin Atinkang—Health, and; Ms Louisa Eyonam Ansah, Education, who defied her disability to build a school facility to educate people living with various disabilities.
In a brief remark, Ms Enyonam Ansah, averred that disability was not inability.
And besides the ultimate winner who received GH¢100,000, a plaque and a recitation, the other winners were each awarded a GHC30,000 prize money, a plague with a citation.
Also, receiving prizes for their contributions were Mr Derrick Omari and Ms Afia Pokua who were all given GH¢100,000 cheque respectively for their outstanding feats.
Delivering the keynote address, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr Selorm Adadevoh, expressed his outfit’s appreciation to the mad rush over submission of entries.
He said that the project since its inception has received over 5,000 entries out of which 50 have been recognized with four adjudged ultimate winners.
According to him, Heroes of Change (HoC) would continue to offer unique opportunities to encourage all those doing selfless acts brighten the lives of people.
“Heroes of Change is to get you to work together to find solutions to societal problems which can only be resolved by us,” he said.
Heroes of Change, he added, was about those who have institutionalised, structured and sustained their extraordinary works.
“I believe if we all do what we do in a more sustained and structured manner this country will be better off,” he averred.
“It is our hope that through this project, we will be empowered to pursue our visions and aspirations of transforming our communities and push us towards achieving our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
In this regard, Mr Adadevoh entreated nominators to consider stories that combine the emotional and are touching with impact, adding that “We need to chart a course for rapid national transformation.”
As a digital provider, he called for the eagerness to see how one could work together to push the transformation agenda of the country in a more systematic and sustainable manner, adding that “We want to make a huge impact on future generations,” he stressed.
Since the inception of MTN Heroes of Change in July 2013, a total of 40 people have been identified and recognised on MTN Heroes of Change platform for committing their personal resources to improve their communities and brightening lives.
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