Sawla Girls Model Junior High School based in Sawla/Tuna/Kalba District in the Northern Region has won this year’s National ICT Quiz Competition.
The school represented by Tomah Lydia, Adams Janaba and Gien Monica scored a total of 69 points to beat Darul Hardis and Ho Poly Junior High Schools to win this year’s competition.
Darul Hardis JHS represented by Abdulai Fuseina, Ahmed Arimiyaw and Mohammed Abdul Haliq scored 62 points to win the second position while Ho Poly JHS represented by Ebenezer Afful, Isreal Ahua and Seyram Adadevoh scored 56 points to take the third position.
Other participating schools were Adom Model Junior High School from Nkwanta in the Volta Region and Pong Tamale MA Junior High School based in the Northern Region of Ghana.
The National event financed by International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) was organized by Savana Signatures in collaboration with Ghana Education Service (GES) with the support from Eco bank, Radach Lodge and Conference center, and Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).
The winning school, Sawla Girls Model JHS received a trophy, 2 refurbished desktop computers and a printer, the first runner up school-Darul Hardis JHS also received a trophy and two (2) refurbished desktop computers, while the second runner up school, Ho poly JHS received a trophy and a desktop refurbished computer.
The ICT Quiz competition is an initiative of Savana Signatures (Savsign) aimed to promote ICT education in Ghana. It is also to develop the skills, interest and ability of the youth to effectively use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) facilities for the betterment of their lives.
In his briefed remark, the Executive Director of Savana Signatures, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo said though initiated as a regional event, the ICT Quiz Competition has been transformed to become a national event because of the overwhelming endorsement and acceptance by schools and for that matter Ghana Education Service (GES).
He said the competition is not about prizes to be won but about knowledge to be shared among the participating schools’ pupils. He admonished students to take their academic work serious especially the study of ICT.
He thanked IICD for the support it has been given to Savsign over the years now and wished the participating schools the best of luck.
The ICT Quiz competition falls under the Integration of ICT in Education project (IIEP), which is one of the projects being implemented by Savsign in the Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana.
The project sought to build the capacity of teachers, school administrators and pupils in the use of ICT tools in teaching, learning and managing school based data among other uses to improve their performances.
This year’s Quiz Competition which saw five schools from the Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana participating is also aimed among other things to facilitate the implementation of Ghana’s ICT in Education Policy.
The Northern Regional ICT Coordinator Mr. Alhassan Seibu who represented the Northern Regional Director of Ghana Education Service (GES) said ICT is the fundamental of every economy and that the future of every nation depends on the effective deployment of ICT. He thanked Savana Signatures for the initiative describing the event as a “noble venture”.