Former Minister of Health of the Republic of Ghana, Vice Patron and Chairman of the Board of Governors and Patrons of the Country Awards Council – Ghana, (CACG) His Awardship Major Courage Quashigah (Rtd.) has challenged the youth to study the arts and sciences of nature and adopt them for the advancement of society. He said most inventions came out of the careful study of the characteristics and instincts of some creatures, and as such, its careful study could help meet human needs.
The former Minister said this at the opening ceremony of the second batch of the Ghana National Exchange Programme School (GNEPS) for Senior High School Students at the Accra Academy on Friday 13th February. The programme is designed to empower students to build stronger networks among themselves to help bridge educational gaps in second cycle schools. (GNEPS) is Agency of the CACG.
His Awardship Major Quashigah urged the students to use the internet to acquire knowledge and skills that would help them in their studies and national development.
Mr. Cecil Nii Obodai Wentum, Executive Director of GNEPS, said 15 schools would participate in the programme, which would provide a new environment for the students to share their knowledge and experience. He said the programme, which was in partnership with the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education, and National Youth Council and other stakeholders would promote a holistic approach towards academic advancement. Mr. Wentum said the programme would include conference lectures, inter-school sporting activities and other community services to inculcate the spirit of volunteerism in the youth.
He urged the beneficiary students to take advantage of the programme in order to learn from each other.
The Country Director of CACG, His Awardship Kobla Asamani noted that students would be presented with GNEPS Graduate and Almuni Awards. He further motioned that participating students would be made old students of their visiting institutions on completion.
Over 400 senior high school students would participate in this year's exchange programme which is the second in the series aimed at creating a common educational platform to promote quality education. The participating schools are Accra Academy, Sekondi College, Zion College, Bishop Hermann College, OLA Girls, Mawuko Girls, Krobo Girls, Opoku Ware School, and Mfantsipim School. The rest are Nkawie SHS, Keta SHS, Apam SHS, Aggrey Memorial School, Pope John's SHS and Ghana Secondary Technical School.
The occasion was also used to present the 2008 Ghana's Most Distinguished Senior High Schools Heads Award to the Headmaster of the Accra Academy, Mr. Samuel Ofori Adjei also the Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools.
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