The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie, has commended Afua Ansah, the 2016 winner of the National Spelling Bee competition, for representing Ghana in the USA competition.
The 14-year-old student of Ridge Church School in Accra made history for being one of the top 45 finalists of this year’s Scripps Spelling Bee competition from May 22 to 27.
The Deputy Minister, who welcomed her at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday, encouraged her not to rest on her oars but learn hard to excel in her academic pursuit.
The competition comprised 285 spellers from various states of the USA and countries including Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Canada and the Bahamas.
Out of the number, Ms. Ansah came 20th in the competition. Ghana has been the only African country which participated at the global level but the co-ordinators of the Spelling Bee have revealed plans to extend it to Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya in subsequent years.
Mad. Gomashie said Ms Ansah had made Ghana and Africa proud and that her participation should serve as a role model for other young girls to learn hard and justify the investment made in them by their parents.
She said Ms. Ansah’s performance represented the power of her brain which was worth celebrating to encourage the younger generations to learn from her achievement.
She encouraged parents to invest in their children’s education since they are the future leaders to steer the affairs of the country.
The National Spelling Bee coach, Emmanuel Afful said he was proud of Afua Ansah and believed children in Ghana were as capable as children anywhere and called on government to support her.
He called on parents to support their children to read to unearth their potentials.
Ms. Ansah thanked all who supported her endeavours and advised young children to be interested in spelling.
She said the competition was not about winning alone but there was so much to learn from the experience.