Accra, 14 November 2017 – A 17-year old Ghanaian student, Matthew Paa kwesi Williams has been adjudged the second prize winner, out of 1000 entries, of the 2017 international SDGs photo competition for students. The competition, co-organized by the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo and the Sophia University, aims at encouraging students to “reflect on sustainable development from their own perspectives, express it through a photo, and share it with others”.
Matthew, a student in Morgan International Community School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, who aspires to be a Business economist and entrepreneur, entered the competition with his image titled “Struggle of Childhood”. The photo captures a school-going age girl gathering sticks of a disentangled broom she was using to sweep. The girl, barefooted and squatting to collect the broom sticks, has a very pensive look away from the lenses into the distant.
Speaking at a press briefing organized by UNIC Accra to highlight the feat of Matthew and to engage the media on the SDGs, Matthew called on the government to ensure policies are implemented to help children attain the best in education. He said, “school-going children should be in school during school hours”.
Matthew told a team of local media that he was inspired by SDG1 which seeks to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. To help promote the global agenda and advocate for the achievement of the SDGs therefore, Matthew announced the establishment of Pixel Action, an online photo platform aiming to draw attention to the needs of communities through pictures.
Matthew’s picture, which won the Award of Excellence category in the SDGs photo contest was captured in Gomoa Manso, a small town in the Central region of Ghana.
The media were briefed by the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah. She congratulated Matthew and urged journalists to focus more on development oriented stories to bring up challenging issues facing various communities in the country.