17.09.2004 Regional News

Schools cultural festival ends in Bolgatanga

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Bolgatanga, Sept. 17, GNA - Second-cycle institutions in the Ashanti Region came first with 3.1 points at the end of the fifth national second-cycle institution's cultural festival at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

The Brong Ahafo Region, with 3.2 points came second while Greater Accra Region was placed third with four points.

The other regions, Central, with 4.3 points, and Western, 4.4 points took the fourth and fifth positions respectively, while Eastern 4.5 points and Volta Region, 6.2 points, took the sixth and seventh positions.

The Northern Region with 7.5 points was eight, followed by Upper East with eight points and Upper West Region with 8.4 points. The schools competed in six disciplines, poetry recital, dance/drama, drum language, vocational skills, choral music and sight singing.

They were judged by their general performance at the various disciplines, their voices, body movement, dressing, gestures, and the relevance of the act to the theme which was, "Culture, an Instrument of Peace and Unity".

The performances sought to portray the Ghanaian culture, the need for reconciliation and peace in the society. Some of the acts, also showed that the nation needed to be united to develop effectively.

The schools were judged in all the disciplines. In the visual arts competition, Ashanti Region came first, Brong Ahafo, second and Central Region, third.

With drum language, Brong Ahafo was first, Ashanti second and Western Region third, while poetry recitals was taken by Central Region, while Western and Greater Accra followed respectively. Greater Accra, took the first position for sight singing, and Western and Central Regions followed. Choral music had Ashanti taking the first position while Greater Accra and Western Regions came second and third respectively.

With dance/drama, Eastern came first, Brong Ahafo, second, and Ashanti third.

Mr. Ken Daboo, Upper East Regional Director of Education who closed the festival, commended all the schools for putting up their beat and urged them not to adulterate what they have with negative foreign influences.

He suggested that cultural activities be made part of the school curricular from class one and should be able to overshadow any foreign influences.

The first three winning schools in all the disciplines were given cash prices of 200,000 cedis, 150,000 cedis and 100,000 cedis each plus carved wooden trophies.

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