August 22, 2015

A Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD) Emanuel Kwadwo Agyekum, has urged students to exchange ideas as part of their learning process.

Mr Agyekum, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza South, said this in an address read for him at the basic schools super zonal festival of arts and culture held at Nkwabeng in the Nkoranza Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The week-long festival held under the theme: “Peace, Unity and Hard Work, was to Promote National Development” and covered disciplines like choral music, traditional dancing, drama performance in English language, poetry recital, drum language and story telling.

He also called on all workers in the education sector to avoid playing politics with their work and rather work to build a peaceful and stable country.

Mr Agyekum said there was the need for students and the youth to be self-disciplined and lead exemplary lives to become role models in their communities.

Mr Godfred Axolu, the Nkoranza Municipal Director of Education, said culture is a way of life, as it is portrayed in our dressing, language, types of food, peculiarity of drumming and dancing in the country.

He called on students to respect the cultural values of all tribes since they were all part of creation.

Mr Akrapim Baffoe, former Presiding Member of the Nkoranza Municipal Assembly, said the culture of every country makes its people unique and different from others and called on Ghanaians to be proud of their culture.

He urged Christians not to regard culture as “evil or idol worship” and asked parents, teachers and other stakeholders to unite to promote cultural activities in the schools.