A programme to promote creativity among pupils in the primary and junior high schools has been initiated by Aquafresh Limited, producers of Kalyppo fruit juice and other beverages in the country.
The programme, dubbed: “Kalyppo Make a Model Contest 2014”, seeks to shape the minds of pupils in first cycle schools by encouraging them to create imaginable figures with empty kalyppo packs.
According to the Country Head of Aquafresh Limited, Mr Sanjeet Kumar Pattnaik, the programme is to help develop the creative minds of pupils in order to contribute towards national development.
Mr Pattnaik was speaking at a Kalyppo Model Contest at the St Paul’s Lutheran School, Kanda, in Accra.
Participants in the model contest were drawn from Lutheran schools in the country. These were the St Peters Lutheran School, Trinity Lutheran School, All Saints Lutheran School, Holy Trinity Lutheran School and the St Paul’s Lutheran School.
The participants from the various schools presented models made with empty kalyppo packs in the form of slippers, cars, ships and houses.
The Officer in Charge of Academics at the St Paul Lutheran School, Mr Godwin Quarshie, said creativity was a key element that could enhance the mental growth of children because “creativity is not just an artistic endeavour but a potential tool for shaping the child”.
The Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Ransford Tetteh, noted that some years ago, it was impossible to develop creative skills because most parents were against their wards developing their talents outside the academic environment.
Currently, he said, creative skills were recognised by society and that: “Talents can also be developed not only in the classroom but in other areas as well”.
Mr Tetteh commended Aquafresh Limited for the initiative, and encouraged pupils to use creativity to develop the opportunities around them.
Participants from the St Paul Lutheran School, comprising Emmanuel Bekoe, Maame Afua Tebaah and Matilda Mensah, who presented a model in the form of an art school, were adjudged the overall winners of the context.
For their prize, the St Paul Lutheran School received GH¢1,000.
Each of the contestant also received a certificate of participation and souvenirs from the organisers.