The Junior Graphic essay workshop organised for schoolchildren in basic schools to educate them on how to write good essays has ended in Cape Coast.
The workshop which was part of the essay contest was also to help the schoolchildren sharpen their writing skills and whip up their interest in reading.
Over two thousand schoolchildren across the country have benefited from the workshops which started in May this year.
About 180 participants from 15 selected schools from Cape Coast and surrounding towns took part in the workshop.
The schools include Pere Planque School, Wesley Girls’ Basic School, Christ Church Anglican School, Trinity Methodist Preparatory School, St Monica’s Primary School, St Augustine’s Practice JHS, University JHS, Mikonvil International School, and Phanerosis International school.
Participants listening attentively to the facilitator.
The rest are Fedep International School, St Francis Primary School, Ankaful Mental School, Ecole Francaise, University Basic School -North Campus, and University Primary School- South Campus.
The Head of Department of the Languages Department of Mfantsipim School, Gertrude Opoku-Fofie took the participants through the techniques of writing essays and speeches.
She also educated the children on the dos and don’ts in essay writing and the appropriate use of idiomatic expressions, among others.
Some teachers were present at the event.
A student of Pere Planque School, Ustain Ayebeng, in an interview with the Junior Graphic, said: “I have learnt that when you’re writing an essay you need to get a good thesis statement which will be very catchy for you to sustain readers’ interest,” she stated.
Some students busily writing down key points during the workshop.
Victoria Eyram Agbokey, a participant from the Wesley Girls’ basic school, also said she had learnt how to write good debates and articles as well as formal and informal letters.
She urged the staff of the Junior Graphic to organise seminars every year to help schoolchildren speak and write good English.