Mawuli Senior High School has won this year’s Centre for National Culture (CNC) Asogli quiz competition held in Ho, in the Volta region.
They beat the other two Senior High Schools – Mawuko Girls and OLA Girls with 96 points with OLA securing 86 points to place second, while Mawuko Girls garnered 55 points for the third place.
They were given a cash prize of GH¢1, 200.00 and a certificate while OLA and Mawuko Girls received GH¢ 1,000.00 and GH¢ 800.00 respectively and a certificate for the second and third positions.
The contestants were quizzed on the rich culture of Asogli State, tourism among others, with sponsorship from GOIL.
Mrs Rosemond Amuzu, Acting Volta Regional Director, CNC, said the programmme provided opportunity for the students to learn and enhance their knowledge in the rich and diverse culture of Asogli State.
She said it was aimed to birth new enthusiasm among young people and equip them with full knowledge in the culture and tradition of Asogli people so they would become “Cultural Ambassadors” to teach others about the norms and values of Asogli culture.
The Asogli people are endowed with rich cultural diversities ranging from festivals, rituals, dance, food among others, therefore, knowledge on this rich cultural identity could contribute in many ways to the up-bringing of the younger generation for national development, she added.
The Director said it was important for students to acquire knowledge in their chosen field of study, however, they should endeavour to understand their cultural values and identify themselves through these values by maintaining them.
Mrs Amuzu said culture formed a critical element in the history of the country, and Asogli culture had a lot to teach and impact the lives of the younger generation for their educational and social development.
To develop holistically as a country and as a people, we must strive for a corresponding expansion of our knowledge about our cultures, she stated.
She said misinformation and wrongful perceptions about our culture and tradition could only be solved through education, therefore, conscious efforts must be made to nurture and groom the young minds to position them well to help address the issue.
Traditions become strong when many minds can speak to it from the position of knowledge. Many at times, such conscious knowledge reside in the minds of just a few which has proven to be detrimental to the development of such traditions, she added.
Some contestants who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) could not hide their joy, describing the competition as ‘edutainment.’
They said it had provided them the platform to learn more about the culture and tradition of the people of Asogli and were grateful to CNC for giving them the opportunity.