For over 13 years and counting, Nestlé Milo, through the President’s Independence Day Awards, has continuously promoted Academic Excellence by recognizing and rewarding hundreds of brilliant candidates for their performances in the Basic Education Certificate Examination as well as other curricular activities.

As a brand that believes in diversity and inclusion, Nestlé in partnership with the Ministry of Education have remarkably raised the President’s Independence Day Award scheme a notch higher by recognizing four outstanding physically challenged students among 26 others, a boy and a girl each from the 10 regions of Ghana.

Each of the 30 students received an attractive winning package including a Samsung Tablet, Cash Prize, Certificate signed by the President, and one year supply of Nestlé Products.

Winners were also taken on a tour to the Nestlé Ghana Factory at Tema Industrial Area.

President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his remarks noted that education is key to the development and democratic growth of every country. He congratulated the awardees and urged them to keep up their performances. The President also commended Nestlé for its partnership with the Ministry of Education to promote academic excellence.

“To Nestlé, sponsors of this event, we continue to be grateful for your care, concern and support for this initiative”, he said.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana, Mrs Freda Duplan, acknowledged the company’s pride in promoting diversity and inclusion.

“I am particularly excited about the improvement in the award scheme this year, which promotes inclusiveness and diversity through the recognition of four physically challenged students. At Nestlé, our values are rooted in respect and we believe in respect for diversity as it is key to nation building”. Mrs Duplan affirmed Nestlé’s commitment to continuously promote academic excellence. She commended the 30 awardees and urged them to work harder to attain greater heights.

“Our Purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future begins with the child as the future of this nation largely depends on how we prepare our youth today. We are committed to this, as promoting academic excellence is one way we live our purpose”, she added.

By Supporting the President’s Independence Day awards, Nestlé Milo is contributing to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, which focuses on quality education.

Nestlé Milo supports other youth development initiatives in sports such as the Milo under- 13 Champion’s League which reaches over 20,000 school children with sporting activities across the country every year.

The President’s Independence Day Awards was established in 1993. Since inception, the award scheme has provided scholarships each year to brilliant young students between the ages of 14 and 19 (a boy and a girl) from the ten regions of Ghana.

A panel of experienced Educationists, School Management Committee (SMC) and District Assembly Representatives interview selected the best male and female students in each district. Shortlisted candidates from the 216 districts are interviewed at the regional level leading up to the selection of best students in the 10 regions.