The Fourth Drama and Poetry Festival for some selected Senior High Schools in the Western Region has ended at Fijai in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis with a call on students to constantly engage themselves in the art of public speaking.
The theme for the two day festival was “Using Drama as a Tool of Change in Combating Filthy Environment”.
Addressing the students, the Western Regional Director of the Centre for National Culture (CNC), Mr Stephen Sedofu told the students that all the poems and drama witnessed were written and directed by the students as a means to encourage them to write.
He pleaded with the government and other bodies to furnish the CNC with cultural activities to to enable the centre educate the teaming youth who did not know much about the culture of the region and the country at large.
Mr Sedofu observed that the Ghanaian culture was slowly dying giving way to the youth to adopt the western culture which was not good for the future.
He said story telling which grandparents told their children in the evening as part of entertainment had seized giving way to television and dances which were not educative enough.
He said the idea of the festival was to inculcate into the students waste disposal and how to keep their surroundings clean to avoid diseases like cholera, malaria and other water borne diseases.
Ten senior high schools took part in the two -day festival with Ahantaman Girls’ Senior High School becoming first with 80.6 points.
The first school was given a trophy, some Multi Private Company Limited products, a certificate and an undisclosed amount of money.
Takoradi Senior High School was second with 60.3 points, Daboase SHS came in third with 56 points, and Mpohor SHS was fourth with 55.6 points.
Ahantaman was adjudged the school with the best directed play, the best actress, and best actor with Ghana Secondary Technical School and Takoradi SHS taking the best poet and best poem respectively.
From Peter Gbambila, Fijai.