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24.10.2008 Education

Junior High Schools debate universal primary education

By gna

Some 200 delegates from Junior High Schools, representing all 192 countries in the UN, on Thursday debated how the world can achieve universal primary education at the 8th Model United Nations Conference in Accra.

The delegates debated the topic, "How universal primary education and eradication of poverty can be achieved".

Mr Ernest Gyimah Danquah, Executive Director of Life-Link Friendship Schools” said the programme was to give the platform to the concerned Ghanaian children who wanted their voices to be heard.

"Involving the Ghanaian child in the discussion of global issues, international diplomacy and foreign policy would develop them well as future leaders," he said.

Mr Danquah commenting on the topic for discussion said for the world to raise great future leaders the youth should be encouraged to engage in critical thinking and consensus building to challenge them in sharing their views and opinions.

The delegates were taken through training by professionals, which was to enable them to build their capacity in leadership and development issues.

Abdul Wajid, a delegate for Comoros Island, said "the training has built my self-confidence in relating to people".

Ofeibea Sakyi-Addo, delegate for Zambia, said the training had enhanced her public speaking.

Miss Bernice Yeboah, Director of Programmes of Life-Link, said it was a great opportunity for the youth to challenge themselves across the borders of background, culture and nationality.

She said the winner would get the chance to go to United Nations Headquarters to participate in an international debate with other delegates from all over the world.