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Sunyani SHS Crowned Winners of the 2023 Cowbell Independence Day Debate in Ghana

by | Mar 17, 2023 | ALL NEWS

Sunyani Senior High School emerged victorious over reigning champions Mfantsiman Girls in a highly contested finale at the 2023 Cowbell National Independence Day Debate. This competitive debate, open to all senior high schools, is organised annually on a national scale by the Ghana Education Service and serves as a highlight of the Independence Day anniversary celebrations in the country.

In this year’s 26th edition of the debate, participants from both schools eloquently presented their arguments on the motion “Plastic – Enemy of Economic and Environmental Progress”. Backed by compelling statistics and research documents, contestants aimed to persuade the competition’s adjudicators in favour of their positions.

During the event, Michael Hagan, the Dairy Category Lead, expressed his enthusiasm for the competition and the support it has received from all schools throughout the years. He emphasized the Cowbell brand’s commitment to promoting the holistic development of Ghanaian children through education, an essential element for national progress. Hagan stated, “Our commitment towards the holistic development of the Ghanaian child remains an integral part of our operations, which we believe can be achieved through education, a key contributing factor to our national development. It is therefore an honour to support and fully own such a strategic initiative in conjunction with the GES.”

Commenting on the debate’s motion, Ms. Angela Frimpoma Nkansah, the Human Resource Management Director for the Ghana Education Service, highlighted the timeliness of the topic, “Plastics – Enemy of Economic and Environmental Progress,” as the global conversation focuses on climate change and its impact on the global economy. Ms. Nkansah noted that the effects of climate change are clearly visible in Ghana and stressed the importance of educating schoolchildren about this issue.

Additionally, Ms. Nkansah announced the upcoming inclusion of similar subjects in the senior high school curriculum, along with appropriate teaching methodologies, to help young people appreciate the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.

As part of this year’s competition, the audience had the opportunity to showcase their talents during the “Cowbell 60 seconds of Fame” segment, featuring poetry, public speaking, and music performances.

The competition concluded with Sunyani SHS being crowned the ultimate winner, achieving an average score of 74.33, narrowly surpassing defending champion Mfantsiman Girls SHS, who scored 74.16. As a reward for their victory, each contestant from Sunyani SHS received a cash prize, a laptop, and assorted Cowbell products. The runners-up, Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School, also received a cash prize, an Android tablet for all participating students, and assorted Cowbell products.

The event was attended by directors from various units of the GES, executives from Promasidor, teaching staff from both competing schools, and senior high schools from the Volta region. Authorities from the Ho Technical University, where the event took place, were also present.

Following the competition, over 4 000 students from different senior high schools and spectators who gathered at the Adaklu Sports Stadium to witness the  6 March national parade had the opportunity to sample Cowbell products.

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