The Adentan Community School in the Adentan Municipality has emerged winner of the 2022 at the Adesa Village Competition for basic schools in the Greater Accra region.
They beat 11 schools to come out as winners of the storytelling and folk songs competition organized by the Greater Accra Regional Center for National Culture at the Arts Centre.
The 31st of December Women’s Movement Basic School placed second while Jah Rock Preparatory School placed third.
The winners received a trophy, two certificates for participation to schools and staff and products from sponsors, while special prizes were awarded to the best behaved school, best folk song, best story and best storyteller.
Mrs. Alice Alima Kala, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the CNC said the competition was to revive the dying art of storytelling and folk songs, teach the children English and local languages and promote reading habits and the need for social interactions.
She said it had therefore become necessary for young ones to develop an interest in studying storytelling, understand it and have a passion for it.
Mrs. Kala said through consultation with management, the competition in the coming years would be extended to other regions beginning with the Central Region in 2023.
Madam Janet Edna Nyame the Executive Director, National Commission on Culture, said the competition brought out the rich culture in the stories and songs, which were the hallmark of the Ghanaian tradition and it exposed the young ones to their cultural heritage as a people.
She called on the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to place more emphasis on the culture and art saying, “organizing a program like this comes with its challenges and with the GES and the Ministry involved it might reduce these challenges a bit,” she noted.
Michael Abubekr the Public Relations Officer of the Center, expressed appreciation to parents, students and the participating schools for the overwhelming support to make the program a success saying it was important for children to be abreast with their culture because it was what identified them as Ghanaians.
“Foreign cultures are good but we should not forget the fact that we are Ghanaians and therefore going by tradition, we should always embrace our culture, eat what we have, wear what we have, speak our language and do things like Ghanaians. That shows us our true identity” he added