An international education consultancy training service provider, the Neogenics Education, has launched an education award dubbed, “Education Community Awards 2016” (EDUCOM Awards 2016).
On the theme, “Inspiring excellence in education delivery,” EDUCOM 2016 seeks to recognise 20 outstanding institutions, individuals and organisations in the educational sector, whose performance and activities have positively affected education.
Categories of award
The 20 awards would include Special Education Needs Resource; Educational Book; Supplier of the Year, Outstanding Achievement; Leadership in Education; Education Support Worker and Novelty Project awards.
Others are Outstanding Contribution to Local Community; Outstanding Contribution to Digital Technology; Innovative Digital Teacher; International Collaborators; Enterprise Initiator and Inspirational Teacher awards. The rest are Partner in Learning; Lifetime Achievement; Value-added; Exceptional Sports Achievement; Media Contribution to Education and Young Advocate awards.
Opening of nominations
Briefing journalists on the ceremony, the Chief Executive of Neogenics Education, Mr Grant Bulmuo, said the awards had already been launched so the public was being encouraged to submit nominations and supporting evidence.
”Online nomination forms will be made available on our website,” he said, adding that a panel of judges would be composed to assess each nomination entered.
Mr Bulmuo said the submission of nominations would end on March 30, 2016 with the award ceremony slated for Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra.
With the slogan, “EDUCOM Awards – Celebrating education excellence”, he said the winners would receive winners’ trophy/plaque, a certificate, and in some cases education resources, adding, “highly commended second-placed nominees will also receive certificates”.
Giving a background, Mr Bulmuo said the award was to identify positive contributions within the education community in the country, explaining that, “it is also to recognise all the valuable education-related work that is undertaken within schools and our communities across Ghana by schools, students/pupils, parents, media houses, publishers, agencies, NGOs, other organisations, individuals and players in education”.
He said it would create a platform for networking and effective collaboration among the various players in education, and appealed to the business community to partner his organisation to acknowledge and reward hard work and excellence.
He said the organisers were putting in place a comprehensive marketing campaign and assured the corporate world of value for money for their sponsorship.
Who wins Ghana Music Awards ‘Unsung Category’
This year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Category promises to be the most exciting edition yet, as Closeup toothpaste, the iconic youth brand, partners Charterhouse to provide a more rewarding and exciting experience for underground acts seeking to break into mainstream music.
This great news was first revealed at the nominees’ announcement party, where the six finalists of the unsung category were unveiled. According to the Unilever Closeup Brand Team, “for years, Closeup has been giving people the confidence to get closer.
This year, the brand is giving young and upcoming artistes the chance to break barriers that hold them back and get closer to their dreams of making it big in showbiz. The Unsung category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a natural platform for us to achieve this. So with this partnership, Closeup is essentially giving young people a chance to break the barrier into main stream music.
According to Charterhouse, this partnership is greatly desired as it will enable a richer experience for participants. The Unsung acts will have the unique opportunity to put up their best acts before a 10,000+ audience at the Nominees Jam, to win public votes. This will show live on TV3, Ghana Music Awards facebook page, and the Closeup facebook page.
The winner will have a performance slot at music’s biggest night, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards night, showing live on TV3 in Ghana, across Africa on DSTV, and across the world on social media live. For the first time ever in the history of the award, the Unsung category will receive a special Awards Plaque sponsored by Closeup, and a performance slot on Closeup music activation platforms.
It is no surprise that the Unsung Category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is catching the eye of corporate Ghana. The success stories of past winners is a testimonial to the program’s relevance, and its ability to help underground acts break the barrier into main stream music.
MzVee won the 1st edition with an exceptional performance; Dark Suburb won the 2nd edition by selling their uniqueness; Adomaa won the 3rd edition fighting equally talented artistes; and Kuami Eugene won the 4th edition with dexterity. Clearly these names have broken the barrier into main stream music, and soon, a new act will join the Unsung hall of fame.
So who amongst the six talented and ambitious nominees will win the number 1 spot? Will it be Kelvin Boy with his dancehall stamp? Dope Nation with their urban rap swag? Dhat Gyal with her Afro Pop appeal? Royal Chris with his anointed gospel tunes? Real MC with his locally blended hip-hop swag? Or O’Bkay with his contemporary rap feel? These nominees are literally one step away from breaking the barrier into main stream, and come Friday the 23rd of March at the Jubliee Park in Cape Coast, each artiste will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate to Ghanaians why he/she deserves a spot on Ghana’s most coveted music platform. Till then, the one question worthy of asking, is who will be number 1?
As always, the public has a say in pushing the right talent through. The public is thus encouraged to have their say by voting for the best Unsung Act by visiting their social media pages, Charterhouse media pages, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages for instructions. The public is also notified about live event shows on Closeup, Charterhouse, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages.
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