BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FIFTH edition of the Basic Schools Festival of Arts of the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Directorate of Education (LEKMED) has been held with a call on all stakeholders in education to support cultural education in the country.
The essence of cultural education is to instill in the school children and Ghanaians as a whole the value of Ghanaian ways of doing things.
At the end of the thrilling encounter, Krowor North Circuit emerged the overall Winner of the contest and took away the ‘Rosetta Addison Sackey’ (Rosett Cultural Trophy) for 2019.
Ledzokuku North Circuit placed 2nd while Krowor South Circuit, the host circuit, placed third. The rest of the participating circuits were Ledzokuku-South, Ledzokuku-Central, Ledzokuku-West, Krowor North and private schools within the various circuits.
Culture reset mind
Addressing the gathering on the theme “Cultural Education: A Tool for Promoting Patriotism and Socio-Economic Transformation,” Mr Desmond Ali Alhassan Gasanga, the Municipal Cultural Coordinator, said the study of cultural education is “for us to know who we are, to learn our culture and identify ourselves to behave like a Ghanaian.”
On using culture to promote patriotism, he said “we are not just here to sing, dance and go home but we are using culture as a channel to reset our mind.”
Mr Gasanga added that cultural education helps children to desist from doing things that are un-Ghanaian, and that it “helps us learn our culture to help our nation and defend and uphold the good name of our country.”
“Education has to do with developing the mind and our heart. And without education, this will not be attained,” Mr Gasanga stated while drawing attention to the traditional norm for which fisherfolks do not go to sea on Tuesday.
Touching on the economic benefit of culture, the cultural co-ordinator explained that, “It gives us food to eat, and also we are taught how to fish and also become good fishermen and good fisher mongers.”
Culture is not just for occasion
For his part, the Chairman of the 5th Basic Schools Festival of Arts, Mr John Gasu, of the Human Resources Management Department at the Municipal Education Office, expressed satisfaction at the level of participation.
He urged all the schools to continue to work hard to raise the standard of culture in the municipality and the country as a whole.
“I know we are going to display our culture beyond this gathering and we shouldn’t think it is just held every two years. It is show and learn our identity and value what our forefathers left behind and to inculcate nationalism in us,” he said..
Mrs Olivia Darkwa Asante, the Circuit Supervisor of Krowor South, the host circuit of the festival, said Krowor South is the smallest circuit in this municipality and has 240 teachers, 1,002 pupils, 10 primary schools, seven kindergartens and six junior high schools.
The disciplines competed in were poetry recitals, drama, ampe, sight-singing, choral music and drum language.
The event was held under the distinguish patronage of Mrs Gloria Naa Ahinee Clerk, the Municipal Director of Education, and Mr Joshua Bortey, the Chief Executive Officer of Krowor Municipal Assembly.