The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in the regional capital of Bono, Sunyani, is expected to host the 2021 edition of the Ghana University Debate and Public Speaking Championship involving nine universities.
The week-long program, slated to end on November 2, 2021, is organized by the Ghana University Debate Association and the UENR Forensic Society, under the theme ‘Creating an avenue for youth participation in advocacy and development. politics “.
According to the organizers, the event, which could not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is called “Osono” (elephant). This reflects the history of the host city, Sunyani, which was once an elephant hub.
Competing universities are UENR (host), Cape Coast University, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University of Ghana, Legon.
The remains are Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) in Wa, University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, Akeneng Appiah Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneur Development (AAMUSTED) and University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS).
In his welcome address ahead of the competition, UENR Vice-Chancellor Prof. Elvis Asare Bediako praised the students for making good use of their time by engaging in intellectual exercises such as debates and public speaking.
He noted that the essence of youth is to contribute with their intellectual abilities and power to nation building.
“Every nation is built by the heads, hearts and hands of selfless, progressive, righteous and steadfast individuals. Your presence in this championship alone means that you have these qualities and therefore I believe the future of our beloved country is in good hands, ”he said.
Professor Asare-Bediako hopes that these championships will not only be a way to master the philosophy of arguments and public speaking skills of the students, but also to develop their creativity, social networks, progressive spirit, resolution of societal issues and their contribution to nation-building. , create jobs and make the world a better place.
For his part, the Dean of UENR students, Dr Dominic Otoo, underlined the importance of the debate, which gives students the chance to express themselves on national issues since the country is for them.
He assured students, especially debaters from competing universities, of the solid measures put in place by management to ensure a successful championship.
Dr Otoo, however, reminded debaters that as they enter the competition, “some will win while others lose”, and urged them to behave throughout the competition. .
Some of the students who were in good spirits shared their optimism about their victory due to their proper preparation.
“For us, we just know what to win, and that’s exactly what we’re here to do,” a KNUST student said confidently.
Another University of Cape Coast student said they would win the top prize with the Spirit of the Coast behind them.
Other students said “the best school wins,” in the hope that their school will be the best.
Participants are expected to visit some tourist sites including Kintampo Waterfalls in Brong Ahafo region.