Zoomlion Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has organised a national quiz competition in all the 10 regions for basic schools to help raise the level of environmental sanitation awareness among pupils.
The quiz competition, which involved members of Zoomkids Clubs in basic schools, was under the direct supervision of the School Health Education Programme (SHEP) and club patrons of selected schools.
The winner of the competition, Ms. Mercy Abena Arthur of Nav-West Basic School at Old Sekondi, Western Region, received a prize of an all-expense paid trip to Dubai,to experience at first-hand, how a clean city looks like, to boost her morale to champion environmental cleanliness.
She would be travelling during the school vacation with her Club patron (volunteer teacher of the Zoomkids Club) and visit special areas of environmental education interests.
The second prize of GH¢7,000 went to Ms. Mary Tee Magdalene Tepuabil from Bolgatanga, Upper East while Master Linus Tabari of Presby SSNIT Model Primary School from Nator, in Upper West, took the third prize of GH¢5,000. Master Godfred Bediako of Kakumdo M/A Basic School in the Central Region, received the fourth prize of GH¢4,000.
The Executive Chairman of Zoomlion/Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, said “as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is important to engage the school children to be part of this memorable event and to appreciate their contributions towards sanitation improvement”.
Touching on why Zoomlion funded the quiz competition, Mrs. Florence Larbi, Managing Director of the company, explained that it was to help young people to improve their knowledge on environmental issues.
She said Zoomlion has operated the Zoomkids club which is environmental sanitation and health clubs in schools across the country for the past eight years, and there is the need to continuously improve on the knowledge of children and the youth.
An elated Ms. Arthur expressed gratitude to God and the Foundation for organising the event.
“I feel so excited; Zoomkids Club is the best club every student should join. Not only does it increase your knowledge in personal hygiene, your confidence is also boosted as you are not shy to speak to your peers about the need to observe environmental sanitation,” she said.
Mercy Arthur hopes to become a doctor in future, and said she would not only care for the sick but also take care of the environment.
The Director of SHEP, Mrs. Nana Esi Inkoom, called for more collaboration between Zoomlion and SHEP to bring about improvement in school health and sanitation.
The various stages of the quiz competition, including Northern Sector Zonal competition, Southern Sector Zonal competition, and Semi-final and Final competitions were aired live on Ghana Television.
The quiz master, Dan Afari Yeboah, of “What do you know” fame, took the contestants through the various exciting moments.