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MEGHISS adjured Winners of the Energy Commission SHS Renewable Energy Challenge

Methodist Girls Senior High School (MEGISS) has won the 3rd Edition of the Eastern Regional Energy Commission Senior High Schools Renewable Energy Challenge, held at Oyoko Methodist Senior High School (OMESS) in Koforidua under the theme “Clean Cooking and Food Processing using Renewable Energy Technologies”

MEGHISS is known for its prowess in science and technology. In 2021 the school emerged winner of the World Robotic and Coding Competition for the second time held virtual by Intelik/Robogroup from the USA for 12 regional groups from Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Hence not surprising that the school excelled in the  Regional Energy Commission’s SHS Renewable Energy Competition at OMESS participated by  8 Senior High Schools.

MEGHISS made an excellent demonstration of how to use parabolic solar energy to cook food.

Students of MEGHISS were at their usual best in science and technology to the admiration of the judges.

Ofori Panin Senior High School was the first runner-up whilst Pope John’s SHS was the second runner-up.

The fourth and fifth positions went to Saviour Senior High School and Larteh Presby SHS respectively.

Followed by Mampong Presby Technical, Okuapeman SHS, and Koforidua Technical Institute.

Speaking in an interview with the media  after the Regional Competition  Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Oscar Amonoo Neizer was optimistic that the Renewable Energy Schools Challenge initiative is a milestone in providing practical solutions to Ghana’s energy problem.

He explained by saying that the Energy Commissions’ decision to partner with the Ghana Education Service (GES) means that we are inculcating into the young ones to be innovative, and creative and will begin to find solutions to Ghana’s energy problem shortly.

“This we decided to have the competition in all the sixteen regions, currently we are in Koforidua, today’s competition competed by eight Schools have been successful, the young ones have been very competitive, their demonstrations and innovations carried out were also very good, but going forward there are certain observations that were made by the judges spelled out to these young ones, so we believe in the zonal competition they  will take note of them to  improve upon their presentation skills and the projects that they presented and add on some knowledge in terms of their technical knowledge on the project that they presented”

“We believe it is a good platform for the young ones to be able to explain themselves and add what they know in terms of their technical know-how to practical know-how, we aim to help them practicalize what they have learned,

We are also encouraging them to use basic indigenous products to invent things that can help solve our practical issues here in Ghana, they came out with things that could use to dry our food products, things that could help with the processing of food,  and so these are things that when we inculcate in the young ones at this early age, they become very ingenious, very creative and innovative and they find solutions to problems that are with us here in Ghana” he explained.

The Senior Manager in charge of Bioenergy and also the Project Coordinator of the challenge, Julius Nkansah Nyarko believes that the appropriate channel to help improve research and development in children can be achieved through the Ghana Education Service and so far the response of the students since the inception of the challenge is an indication that the future of the country regarding using renewable energy to solve our energy problem is brighter.

He, therefore, urged universities and research institutions to partner with the challenge to help improve what the students have invented to be distributed and used in large quantities to help address most of the energy sector challenges in the country.

The representatives of the winning school expressed their joy while they urged the government to channel more resources into practical education since most schools lack the science facilities to practicalize the knowledge they acquire in science.

Source: Mybrytnewsroom.com/Obed Ansah

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