Eastern Region, Ghana, November 7, 2015 – Aburi Girls’ Senior High School (ABUGISS) in the Akuapim South District of the Eastern Region, at the weekend emerged winners in a debate competition held in Krobo-Odumasi, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The topic was 2016 Elections – Is it a threat to peace, security & human rights in Ghana. Speaking for the motion, ABUGISS argued superbly to outwit the other three schools. The competition was organized by the Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) and hosted by Krobo Girls’ Presbyterian Senior High School, as part of this year’s official activities to mark the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC-Legon), Krobo Girls’ Presbyterian SHS, and Koforidua Senior High Technical School were the other finalists in the competition.
In a speech on behalf of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Accra, Ms. Evelyn Sarpong commended GUNSA “for taking up the lead to organize th[e] debate”. She provided a brief background to the UN’s 70th Anniversary celebrations.
Addressing the debate topic, Ms. Sarpong stressed the need for a peaceful co-existence of citizens irrespective of their political affiliations.
“The maintenance of peace, security or human rights during the 2016 elections is dependent on all of us as citizens of this country. We must be mindful of the laws in place, respect these laws and respect one another,” she stated.
“If we respect one another and try to live in peace with each other regardless of our political interest and bear with one another, we will definitely have peaceful elections in 2016,” she advised.
Presenting certificates to contestants, Mr. Elikem Ahadzi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, urged students to cultivate the habit of reading and research to enable them to broaden their knowledge-base and debating skills.
He also urged them to be disciplined since the nation looked up to them to take up the mantle of leadership in future.
The debate competition was also aimed at improving critical thinking and creativity of students, as well as sensitizing them on exigent national issues and the need for peaceful coexistence. About 500 students participated as observers.
The Vice-President of GUNSA, Mr. K. D. Kwashie hinted on several upcoming events, including a Model UN simulation, and other extra-curricular activities to “help keep the young ones active and skilled whiles they are in school”.
The event was welcomed by the students as evident in their comments during an interview session with some of them.