The Ga-West Municipal Assembly together with the Education Service, on Friday, June 11th, 2021 launched its maiden edition of the Ga-West Science, ICT and Maths quiz competition for Junior High Schools in the area.
The event which took place at the Ga West Municipal Assembly Hall had the main event scheduled for 25th June, 2021 in Odumase, a suburb of the municipality.
Dignitaries such as the Education Director for the municipality, Rev Peter Atta Bilson, Council For Scientific and Industrial Research’s Water Research Institute Director, Mr George Mensah, Professor Dickson Adomako, a Research Scientist and Consultant, and Mr Precious Senafiawo the Chief Executive Officer of Sena Foundation all graced the occasion with their presence.
Mr Justice Amewuga, the Still Coordinator for Ga West explained that the Assembly intends using this project to develop the education system in the municipality and also to put teachers on their toes as to how to go about handling the new curriculum and do it practically that will benefit the children, education and the whole community.
He added that the emphasis is on technology and that laptops, projectors and others will be distributed to the participating schools.
Speaking on the essence of the event, Rev Peter Atta Bilson, the Education Director said “the importance of Maths, Science and ICT cannot be overemphasized knowing how the teaching of the said subjects and their manifestations are, in helping the children become better citizens”.
“We are embarking on this project to help our children develop interest in the study of the status quo”. Given the reason that, in the past, people go to SHS to offer other courses and at the end of the day, Maths, Science and ICT become the employable skills.
He stressed that cash prizes and other sponsorship packages will be awarded to the winning schools.
Also speaking at the event was Mr Precious Senafiawo, whose outfit, Sena Foundation, promised the winning school a flight experience to a destination agreed on between Sena Foundation and the Assembly. “Three years ago, my foundation organized the same event and it’s all about Ghana in whatever we do. I am happy it served as an eye opener for the Municipality to also organize this. As an educationist, I deem it fit to also be part and sponsor to make the competition an interesting one”.
He further explained, “it is not about who wins or loses, but about what we inculcate into the children”.
Speaking on his part that has to do with sponsorship, he said, “most of these competitions are always money money but i have decided to take it to another level, give them another experience where they will get a flight to an agreed on destination since exposure is part of education.
Council For Scientific And Industrial Research’s Water Research Institute Director, Mr George Mensah also expressed his interest. “My interest is based on the practicality of the study of science which is seriously missing in the country. The future of our children lies in our hands and if we take it for granted, it is going to cause the nation so much.”
Therefore, he urged the teachers to lay more emphasis on the practical aspect for the students’ well being.
Professor Dickson Adomako, sent a word of thank you to the organizers of the event. He expressed his delight for people becoming conscious and investing in resources to encourage young talents.
He congratulated all schools for being chosen to be part of the competition and urged them all to study hard.
By: Clement Annor |myactiveonline.com