The Delhi Public School International (DPSI) located in Tema Community 25 has placed Ghana on the world map by scooping 3 gold trophies and 27 medals at the Global Round of this year?s World Scholar?s Cup held in Malaysia.
Over 2500 participants from 40 countries across the globe contested in several subjects comprising Arts, Music, Science, History, Literature, Social Studies and Special Areas about Heroes and Superheroes. The overwhelming performance of the students who represented Ghana ensured that DPSI won the trophies for the first and third place in Africa under the junior division category. The senior team also walked away with a gold trophy for placing third in Africa.
The star performer at the event was Dunia Seidu, a thirteen year old girl who won 8 medals for her excellent scores. Rishabh Goel, the group leader also amassed 6 medals to crown a very successful tournament.
Pranav Tyagi, Vishal Mukesh Thakwani, Bhaarat Thakwani, Nii Abe Abbey, Sagar Pritmani, Shawn Owusu-Nortey and Diksha Shandilya were the other team members whose performance outclassed their opponents to place DPSI at the top.
These 9 students from DPSI are part of 500 pupils worldwide who have qualified for the final round of the competition.
The grand finale which is known as the Tournament of Champions is scheduled to take place from 21st to 24th November, 2015 at the prestigious Ivy League Yale University in the United States of America.
The World Scholar?s Cup is a team academic tournament which provides opportunities for future scholars and leaders to discover and develop their intellectual skills through debating, collaborative writing and quiz.
16 year old group leader Rishabh Goel credits their success to the commitment of the team and proper training provided by the school authorities. He says the group will not rest on their oars as they prepare to represent Ghana in the Tournament of Champions at Yale.
Mrs. Helen David, the Head of Department for English and a coach for the students lauded the performance of the students and pointed out that her expectation was exceeded.
?I was a bit apprehensive as a coach because we were going to meet students from developed countries but surprisingly we realized that our students were not lagging and matched up to their mates. They put in a brilliant performance and even won many group and individual medals in their respective categories?
DPSI is a corporate social responsibility project of B5 Plus Limited, a steel company in Tema.Director of the School and C.E.O of B5 Plus Limited, Mr. Mukesh Thakwani was impressed about the achievement of the students. He was particularly excited about the competition because it provides a platform that ensures holistic development of children which is the aim of DPSI.
To him, ?it was a good experience as it places students on the path to succeed in future wherever they find themselves?.
DPSI has an enrollment of students from more than 22 countries. He is encouraging more Ghanaians to take advantage of the ultra-modern facility because the school was established to develop the educational sector in Ghana.
Parents who expressed their views acknowledged the importance of the World Scholar?s Cup to a child?s development.
Mr. David Abbey is father to Nii Abe Abbey, a winner of three medals. He says his son has improved and was surprised at the level of maturity he displayed when he took up a debate with him. He wished the educational system in Ghanaian public schools could be changed to encourage such programmes for kids.
?I think the Ghanaian educational system which is based on the old British way should be changed and give more Ghanaian students this kind of exposure because this is what they need in this 21st century?, he added.
Mr. Rajeev Goel was also proud of his son Rishabh Goel. As a businessman he feels such competitions improve the personality of students as they prepare for higher learning and the corporate world.
For Mrs. Jamila Owusu ? Nortey, her son Shawn Owusu-Nortey who won two medals normally does well on his own as a loner but the competition has taught him teamwork which is very important for the development of any individual.
She opines that the Ghana Education Service (GES) should scrap the strict academic curricular in public schools and introduce programmes which will teach students important skills to adapt in the real world.
Story by: David Apinga/xliveafrica.com