Margaret Boateng was the winner of our October Writing Challenge themed “Game Changers.” As the winner, Margaret’s piece will appear in an upcoming issue of Memunatu Magazine. We interviewed Margaret with the help of her teacher sponsor, Mr. Kwame Anane Poku:
MM: Tell us a bit about yourself. How old are you and what grade are you in?
Margaret: My name is Margaret Boateng. I’m a student of Mary Afriyie SDA Junior High School (JHS) in Mamponteng, Kwabre East District, Ashanti Region, Ghana. I’m 12 years old and I’m in JHS Form 1 (seventh grade).
MM: What are your favourite subjects in school and why?
Margaret: Science, English Language and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).
The study of science helps me to understand the natural world and the role technology plays in our society.
English is Ghana’s official language and the medium of instruction in our schools. It is also a major school subject. Studying English Language helps me to acquire reading, speaking and writing skills.
Learning ICT also helps me to acquire basic computer literacy skills such as touch-typing, word processing, using email, and accessing the Internet for information.
MM: What do you want to do when you finish secondary school?
Margaret: After secondary school, I want to study Medicine in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. My dream is to become a medical doctor.
MM: You are our October Writing Challenge winner! What motivated you to enter our writing challenge to write about game changers?
Margaret: First, I found the topic for the Writing Challenge very fascinating. Second, I was motivated by the assurance that my write-up will be featured in a publication to reach a wider audience if I win the competition.
MM: Is there anyone that you look up to? It can be someone in your community or someone famous that you admire.
Margaret: Yes! I look up to my elder brother, Emmanuel Boateng, who is a first-year student of Mampong Nursing and Midwifery Training College. He’s a hardworking student. His school life and academic achievement inspire me a lot.
MM: Last question, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Margaret: Considering my current age and grade in school, and the structure of Ghana’s education system, I see myself as a level 400 university student ten years from now.
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