An inter-school quiz competition has been held for six Junior High Schools (JHS) in the Northern Region as part of efforts to encourage learning among students.
The competition, which focused on subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, and current affairs, was also to engender healthy competition among the students to exhibit their intellectual prowess as well as build their confidence to be assertive.
The participating schools included Katariga M/A JHS, Garizegu R/C JHS, Zagyuri Anglican JHS, Nangbagu M/A JHS, and Gbanyamli Methodist JHS in the Sagnarigu Municipality and Bognaayili D/A JHS in the Kumbungu District, each represented by three students.
After four rounds of the competition, Katariga M/A JHS emerged winners with 69 points, followed by Gbanyamli Methodist JHS with 44 points, Zagyuri Anglican JHS came third with 42 points whilst Nangbagu M/A JHS, Bognaayili D/A JHS and Garizegu R/C JHS secured 35, 32 and 22 points in that order.
Each of the students, who represented the participating schools, took home a school bag, a mathematical set, and exercise books while Katariga M/A JHS also received 16 textbooks (four each in English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Integrated Science), Gbanyamli Methodist JHS received 12 textbooks (three each in the four subjects) and Zagyuri Anglican JHS took eight textbooks (two each in the four subjects).
The three students, who represented Katariga M/A JHS received a bicycle each in addition to a school bag, a mathematical set, and exercise books, whilst each of the about 42 students from all the six schools, who attended the event, also received mathematical sets and exercise books.
The competition was organised by Markaz Al-Bishara Child Development Programme, a non-governmental organisation, with funding from Children Believe, an international non-governmental organisation.
Reverend Johnson Asare, the Executive Director of Markaz Al-Bishara, who spoke during the competition, congratulated the participating schools and students for their excellent performance, which showed that their teachers were doing well.
Madam Bernedette Kafari, Kumbungu District Director of Education, whose speech was read on her behalf, lauded the competition, saying it would go a long way to improve the learning abilities of children for improved academic performance.
She added that it would also help to build the confidence of the children to be able to speak in public and advised the children to continue learning to improve their performance in school.
She expressed appreciation to Markaz Al-Bishara and Children Believe for organising the competition as well as their continued support for infrastructural development at the schools in the district, which was ensuring a conducive environment for improved teaching and learning.
Mr Alhassan Alidu Junior, the Sagnarigu District Director of Education, whose speech was read on his behalf, expressed delight that the participating schools were selected from peri-urban communities and said it was important in motivating the children for better performance.
He commended teachers for their hard work and for preparing the students to deliver well during the competition.
Martha Tiernye Tieyiri, the Programme Officer, Education, at Children Believe, was happy that girls were among the competitors and advised them to continue learning and building their confidence to attain their potential.
The participating pupils and their teachers expressed joy at the opportunity, saying it would help to improve performance in their schools.
Markaz Al-Bishara has been working in parts of the Northern Region for about 30 years, focusing on improving access and quality education, especially Early Childhood Education (ECE), and supporting the Ghana Education Service to improve supervision at schools.
Aside from education, Markaz Al-Bishara also works in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, strengthening institutions and community organisations on sustainable livelihoods developments, health and nutrition, child protection and gender equality.