214 schools to participate in NCCE quiz competition

The 2018 edition of the Cowbell National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Quiz has been launched in Accra on Monday.

Now christened, the ‘Cowbellpedia’, this year’s event would see over 200 Junior High Schools and 14 Senior High Schools competing for glory in the competition aimed at promoting the teaching and learning of the constitution of Ghana.

Launching it, Director of programmes at the NCCE, Johnson Opoku said, the outfit had over the years initiated activities to ensure that Ghanaians were reminded of their civic duties and Cowbellpedia serves as one of such platforms.

He urged participants and organisers to ensure a healthy competition as the essence of the quiz was to ultimately gain knowledge and not necessarily getting the topmost prize.

“Healthy competition brings a lot of benefits to the children including revealing their weaknesses and strength, helps them to learn about relations in terms of cooperation, teamwork and treating opponents with respect and dignity,” he stated.

He added that, it also helps them to learn about values such as tolerance, self discipline, determination, perseverance, hardwork and the ability to cope with stress which prepares them for the future.

Mr Opoku urged teachers and organisers to manage the competition for the right values to be inculcated into the participants.

“Fear, depression, disappointment, tantrums and lack of empathy can emerge from the competition if it is not managed well,” he stressed.

Brands Manager at Cowbell, Joseph Ashong said the competition had developed over the years with only 28 schools in 2015 to over 200 schools in 2018 which he described as a remarkable achievement.

He said, aside using the quiz to promote the learning of the constitution in the first and second cycle schools, it is also aimed at changing the mindset of Ghanaians towards government property.

According to Mr Ashong, Cowbell is committed to supporting the quiz and urged participants to follow the rules to ensure a successful competition.

Cowbell he said, has invested US$100, 000 into the competition with GH¢15,000 in cash and products for the winners of the competition.

“The competition is currently in the Greater Accra Region but we hope to extend it to the Ashanti Region in September and other regions by the end of the year,” he added.

Ga Central Municipal Director of NCCE, Cynthia Animah explained that, the Preliminary Zonal competitions which started on Monday would end on June 26 with the quarter finals scheduled for the second week in September.

She added that, the semi finals would be held in the last week of September with the grand finale slated for October.

The preliminary stages of the competition began after the launch with four schools including Odorgonno Model 1, Odorgonno Model 2, Green Valley School and Platinum Montessori starting the first competition.

 

 

BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE

 

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