Celebrating Excellence and Empowerment: Western Region Hosts 2023 Head of State Awards Recipients
By: Samuel Yeboah Adams - Kyzzfmonline
December 10, 2023

The Western Regional Coordinating Council recently played host to the distinguished recipients of the 2023 Head of State Awards, a program that empowers young individuals between the ages of 14-24 beyond the confines of traditional education.

This prestigious award scheme guides and inspires young people to discover their true purpose, passions, and roles in the world, offering them non-formal educational opportunities and challenges that cultivate solutions for societal betterment.

This year's ceremony recognized 439 outstanding young achievers in the bronze and silver categories, acknowledging their resilience and successful navigation through the challenges presented to them.

Honorable Kwabena Okyere Darko, the Western Regional Minister, radiated enthusiasm for the achievements of these remarkable young individuals.

In his address, he applauded the Western Regional Coordinating Council for hosting the event and congratulated the awardees, urging them to become ambassadors of the Head of State Awards scheme by applying the knowledge and values instilled in them.

Noting his passion for entrepreneurship, Honorable Darko highlighted the program's new focus on entrepreneurship, preparing the youth for the world of work in their unique ways.

He encouraged them to embrace this initiative, recognizing its potential to create vast job opportunities for themselves and their peers.

He pledged a grand celebratory dinner party for next year's awardees, aiming to leave an indelible mark on their lives, emphasizing the relevance of the awards scheme.

Mrs. Sally Nelly Coleman, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metro Director for Education, inspired the young recipients to let the award catalyze taking on challenging projects within their communities.

Drawing from her experience as a past gold category awardee, she urged them to proactively address societal issues, fostering independence and solutions for the greater good.

Madam Catherine Biney, representing the Western Regional Education Director, hailed the awards scheme for its transformative impact.

She encouraged the awardees to set high aspirations, emphasizing that through challenges, they would discover their skills and potential, ultimately influencing society's transformation.

Past awardees, Charlotte and Elsie from Takoradi Senior High and Fijai Senior High schools respectively, shared their journeys.

Both attested to remarkable transformations in confidence and skill acquisition since their participation.

Elsie proudly introduced "Elsie Special," her upcoming product, as a testament to her learnings from the Head of State Awards Scheme.

The event served as both a celebration of achievement and an embodiment of empowerment, showcasing how the Head of State Awards Scheme molds resilient, skilled, and confident young leaders poised to create a positive impact in their communities and beyond.