Actress Naa Ashorkor, has kicked start a campaign aimed at encouraging reading amongst
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, 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 that 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 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
The winner, Eric Asare a pupil from the Pokuase 2 Methodist School, took home a Cambridge
Advanced Learners Dictionary, 2 Enid Blyton story books, a 5 collection of story books from
EPP Books, 20 Cowbell branded exercise books, a package consisting of a water bottle, shirt,
hat and bag from donated by MTN Pulse, an MTN branded school bag, 3 packs of Special Drink
and a box of cowbell products.
Helena Ekpe also from the Pokuase 2 Methodist School, who came in second took home a
Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary, 3 story books donated by MTN, Enid Blyton story
books, 10 Cowbell branded exercise books, a package consisting of a water bottle, shirt, hat
and bag from donated by MTN Pulse, 2 packs of Special Drink and a box of cowbell products.
Josephine Yaotse a student of the Pokuase 1 Methodist School, who came in third took also
took home a Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary, 2 story books, 5 Cowbell branded
exercise books, a package consisting of a water bottle, shirt, hat and bag from donated by MTN
Pulse, 1 pack of Special Drink and a box of cowbell products.
In an era where the reading culture amongst students of school going age is dwindling, efforts
such as the “Aspire to Bee” initiative should be encouraged as a way of whipping up and
inculcating the spirit of reading in children of school going age.
This initiative was sponsored by Cowbell, MTN Pulse, EPP Books, MTN Foundation, Special
Drinks, Awake Mineral Water and Dreamoval Foundation.