How our participation in the WDACL quiz is impacting our school
Nkwankwanua D/A Junior High School (JHS) emerged winners of the inter-school quiz competition which was held on 11th June 2019. This was one of the activities organised by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) with support from the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to commemorate this year’s World Day Against child Labour (WDACL) in Ghana.
As part of their prize for winning, the school received a set of drums and a trophy. Each of the two pupils who represented the school, Johnson Baafi and Florence Darkwah, were reward with a package of educational materials and individual trophies.
Two months after the activity, we decided to speak to the teacher who trained the children for the competition, Kelvin Razak. He has been an English teacher in Nkwankwanua D/A JHS for five (5) years. He tells us a bit about how they prepared for the quiz.
“We were given three (3) days to prepare for the competition. Upon deliberation, the teachers agreed to selecte Johnson Baafi and Florence Darkwah to represent the school. Johnson was selected because he is one of the brilliant pupils in his class. Florence was selected not only for her intelligence but also because she represented the school in a previous quiz competition where she came in third at the regional level. This gives us full confidence in her ability to make the school proud.
The training begun in earnest as we realized the preparation time for the selection stage of the competition was short. Florence and Johnson were separated from the other pupils for the training. We based the training on the books which the organizers gave to all the interested schools. This was a tasking process for all involved as were had to be fully dedicated to it. We are happy with the results. The children really made the effort we put into the preparation worthwhile.”
The selection round of the competition was held at the Ntunkumso Roman Catholic church hall with twenty (20) schools from communities within the Effiduase Sekyere East District. Out of the schools which competed, only four (4) of them made it to the final round with Nkwankwanua D/A JHS emerging with the highest score.
Kelvin spoke enthusiastically about their participation in the competition;
“We proceeded to the district level and won that competition as well. We are really pleased with the performance of our pupils. They have made us proud. We are happy to have been part of this year’s WDACL celebration and are also campaigning, as a school, to eliminate child labour from our community.”
“Winning the quiz competition has really impacted our school. Now there is more competition among the pupils to excel because they all want to get similar opportunities. The teachers have also become more motivated to teach the pupils well so they can always emerge as winners in future competitions.”
In response to a question on whether the package they received has benefited the school, he stated;
“Our school drum was damaged two years ago. We started a fund to raise money for a new set but that has been a bit challenging to do. During 6th March and other parades, we borrow drums from other schools or churches around. our worship sessions were also a bit boring without it and pupils were losing interest in attending it. Luckily, we have received one for our participation in the competition. This has come at a great time for the school. We no longer borrow drums for our activities and now all children look forward to the Wednesday worship sessions. We also value the trophy we won and the educational materials which were given to Florence and Johnson.”