LEKMA BASIC SCHOOLS’ FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE

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LEKMA BASIC SCHOOLS’ FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE
The Education Directorate in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal organized its third Municipal Basic Schools’ Festival of Arts and Culture on the theme ‘Peace, Unity and Hard Work Promote National Development’. The programme was organized on the 19th of March 2015 at the Ledzokuku North Cluster of Schools (Teshie Gonno).
The festival began with the arrival of the participating schools’ cultural contingents, invited guests and other dignitaries after which a patriotic song (Wodientse Wo Shikpon Ne) was sung. Participating schools were drawn from various circuits in the municipality. These circuits include Krowor North, Ledzokuku South, Krowor South, Ledzokuku Central, and Ledzokuku West, Ledzokuku North and some private schools. A student from the Ledzokuku North began the programme with a traditional prayer. It was quickly followed with the Muslim prayer by another student from the Ledzokuku Central and finally the Christian prayer came from a student Ledzokuku West.
Mr. Desmond Ali Gasanga, the Municipal Cultural Coordinator introduced the Chairperson for the programme, Mrs. Evelyn Obeng Nyarko. An Ampe Dance Performance was performed by pupils from Ledzokuku North to kick start the ceremony.
In a welcome address by the Circuit Supervisor of Ledzokuku North, Mrs. Ivy Rita Akosua Adjei Twum. She expressed her gratitude for being called for such an important celebration, she added that this programme should remind us all of our rich culture and that we should not leave our rich culture and go in for foreign ones that might not augur well for us.
Again, in a speech delivered by Mr. Emmanuel K. Asamoah, an Assistant Director at the LEKMA central administration, on behalf of Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive, he mentioned that as the theme for the programme implies, we are all being reminded of our forefathers who fought for the peace and unity of this country. He therefore entreated all to live together as one for the peace and unity of the nation. He added that an office complex was commissioned last month through the effort of USAID for the Municipal Education Directorate. Scholarships will also be given to well deserving B.E.C.E candidates so that education would be accessible to all within the municipality.
Also, in a keynote address by Mrs. Janet Siabi, Assistant Headmistress of the Nungua Secondary School, she also expressed her sincere gratitude to the organizers of the programme for organizing such an important programme. According to her, for a nation like Ghana, peace, unity and hardwork are very important in achieving national development. She further retrieted that schools are made up of pupils and teachers from different backgrounds therefore, it is very important to live together as one. She entreated all to avoid discrimination and also be each other’s keeper. She then mentioned that the youth should be included in cultural practices in other for them to know their cultural backgrounds. They should also be educated on the disadvantages of discrimination and become ambassadors of peace and unity through communal labor, sensitization campaign, and education on good moral behavior.
Mr. Ben Amponsah Fordjour the Chief Executive Officer of Century International, a cocoa organization, in his speech mentioned that, after the introduction of cocoa into the country by Tetteh Quarshie, a lot of research has been conducted to discover the importance of cocoa. According to him, anyone who consumes cocoa powder in its natural form is stronger than anybody who drinks other beverages. He enumerated some benefits of cocoa, saying that cocoa prevents diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, migraine, heart diseases among others. He disclosed that free cocoa drinks will be provided to pupils of various schools three times a week starting from next month, that is, April 2015.
The various schools then performed poetry recitals, drum languages, sight singing, dance, drama and choral music. Guests were really thrilled as the performances were very exciting, charging the atmosphere with a lot of cheers throughout the period. There was also an art, vocational, and technical skill exhibition where the pupils showcased various works of art including beads, paintings, table cloth, basket weavings to name a few.
In a closing remark by the Chairperson, Mrs. Evelyn Obeng Nyarko, she thanked all present for gracing the occasion and urged all to live together in peace and harmony. Certificates were then presented to participating schools after which the Municipal Cultural Coordinator, Mr. Desmond Ali Gasanga gave the vote of thanks.

AJARA SOALI
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