Methodist Girls High School Emerges Winners Of 2020 World Robotic Competition for The Second Time
A delegation from Methodist Senior High School, led by the Headmistress Mrs. Winnifred Seibu Arthur and Mr. Benjamin Amoako, Robotics Patron, presented thirteen (13) second year students in the robotic club who participated and emerged as winners of the World Robotics and Coding Competition organized virtually by Intelik/Robogroup from the USA and Israel to the Director General and Management of the Ghana Education Service.
Methodist Senior High School, Mamfe Akuapem (MECHIS) has for the second time in a role won the World Robotics and Coding Competition, known as CoderZ Juniors League.
The 2020 virtual edition was contested by five thousand (5000) teams across the world and Robotics Stars from MEGHIS, who won the preliminary contest in Ghana, emerged as World Winners, after going through six (6) competitive stages of the final competition.
The World Robotics and Coding Competition was made up of twelve (12) regional groups from Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America.
All four (4) sets of teams presented by MEGHIS at the regional level won in their respective zones and accrued the highest points using Method K20 as their coding key.
The operational challenge for the competition, named BasketBot is a robotics and coding competition which allows participants to code robots to draw balls from baskets into their zone. Participants were given a period of one week to code and submit before the final competition.
This competition equips students with knowledge in problem solving, critical thinking, and the use of virtual platforms which is a tool for learning in the 21st Century.
The grand finale was between Methodist Senior High School from Ghana and Avenues FLL MG Team from Avenue World School based in New York, USA.
The Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, (Quality and Assess) who received the delegation on behalf of the Director General, congratulated the team for emerging as world champions for the second time in succession.
“Your achievement will go down into the archives and your names and that of the school have been written in gold for generations unborn to learn from”. “Keep your heads high and remain focused on your studies as you have already demonstrated your prowess to excel in academic pursuit beyond the shores of Ghana”, the DDG counseled.
Ghana Education Service Marks My First Day at School
The Ghana Education Service (GES) with support from UNICEF has marked its annual ceremony dubbed, ‘My First Day at School’. This is an event held annually at the beginning of every academic year to welcome children who enter KG for the first time as well as those who join the mainstream school system at Basic One at the various District and Regional Education Directorates.
At the national level, the Deputy Director General in charge of Management Services, Lawyer Anthony Boateng, country Director for UNICEF, Madam Anne Claire Dufay, Chief Director at the Ministry of Education, Mr. Benjamin Gyasi, the Director for Pre Tertiary, Mrs. Catherine Appiah Pinkrah and the Director General for Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Aboagye toured schools in the Ayawaso West District, Nima Cluster of Schools, Mamoobi Prisons Basic school Bethany Methodist school among others to mark the event.
Mr. Anthony Boateng called on the teachers and caregivers to encourage and support the children to stay safe in school amidst the influx of the Coronavirus pandemic. He said the schools have been made safe for effective teaching and learning.
Madam Anne Claire Dufray reiterated that the PPEs the schools have received should be put to good use to help fight the spread of the COVID-19.
She encouraged learners to always put on their face masks and also observe all the safety protocols to remain safe.
The Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Aboagye encouraged the children to observe the COVID-19 protocols to stay safe in the school. He also urged staff to support the children whiles they as adults also stick to the precautionary measures.
UNICEF took the opportunity to donate some Wash facilities, Face mask and Thermometer guns to all the schools visited. This is to complement Government’s effort to ensure the children are safe in school.