Google and Children in Ghana

Nana Abena Asabea Ametepe and Nil Carreras Del Peso, Doodle4Google 2011 Winners

Nana Abena Asabea Ametepe and Nil Carreras Del Peso, Doodle4Google "My Ghana" competition winners. Photo credit: myjoyonline.com

Congratulations, Doodle4Google Ghana 2011 winners!

For the second year running, Google Ghana is encouraging children to redesign its famously ever-changing company logo through the Doodle4Google competition. The idea seems to be catching on, with about 1,000 participants this year, up from 300 in 2010.

The Google Ghana team has a child-friendly approach and, we think, great instincts about grounding technology in the children’s own culture and experience. They thoughtfully organized a drawing clinic before the competition at Morning Star School, which produced last year’s winning candidate.

Nil Carreras Del Peso and Nana Abena Asabea Ametepe were this year’s top artists, in the 9-11 and 12-14 age groups respectively. We are very impressed by their Ghanaian renditions of the Google logo! If you missed these wonderful doodles on google.com.gh , don’t worry – you can still see Nil and Nana Abena’s winning artworks in the Google logos June archive.

 

Doodle4Google Ghana winner, 9-11

 

Doodle4Google Ghana winner, 12-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the prizes, a Kindle e-reader, was pre-loaded with books by two of Ghana’s best known writers, Ama Ata Aidoo and Efua T. Sutherland, including our own product Voice in the Forest! The winners also received USD 2,000 technology grants for their schools.

To Nil, Nana Abena, and Google Ghana, we say a big Ayekoo (well done)!

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