Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kigsford Bagbin, has launched this year’s Inter-Schools Public Speaking Competition, remotely, in Accra, with a challenge to the candidates to use the opportunity to positively affect and improve lives.
Speaker Bagbin emphasized, “Use public speaking to constructively affect society.”
He applauded the development of youth clubs to address national concerns, stating that such organizations that promote citizen participation in governance should be encouraged by everybody.
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“All well-meaning Ghanaians should encourage and support the development of young groups and movements in response to His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-call Addo’s for Ghanaians not to be spectators, but citizens in the governance of the country,” Speaker Bagbin said.
“So youth groups like Youth in Politics, Youth in Development, Fix the Country Now,” he continued, “are all positive developments that should be encouraged and supported, and this resonates well with the call of the Interschool public speaking competition for Ghanaian youth to participate in the nation-building debate.”
The competition’s theme this year is “Digital Inclusion: Promoting and Protecting Child Rights Online.”
Talking about technology
Speaker Bagbin noted how digital technology has facilitated mass communication, study and research, business and commerce, and medical, and how it has also helped enterprises stay afloat in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak.
However, as the Speaker pointed out, digital technology is hampered by a lack of clear digital identity, which leads to cybercrime and online fraud.
Cybercrime is also a threat to children.
Speaker Bagbin also mentioned that Ghana has a lot of laws in place to safeguard citizens from digital infringements.
As he desired for the best orator to emerge from the competition, he advised the youth to use their imaginations in the search for and application of information to break new ground in their endeavors.
The competition, which began in 2020 and runs this year from September 21 to November 20, is organized by DeeDee Global Limited in collaboration with the Speaker of Parliament’s Secretariat, the Ghana Education Service, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, and the Ghana National Data Centre/National Information Technology Agency.
It is intended to identify, acknowledge, and encourage the energy, inventiveness, and initiative of Ghanaian youth in the promotion of a patriotic and national development culture.
It aims to create a genre of speakers who will utilize public speaking to effectively impact society, and it provides students with the recognition and motivation they need to pursue a successful career in public relations, compeering, cinema, or advocacy.
How to take part of the competition
The entry video is a freestyle oration on the theme “DIGITAL INCLUSION: PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF CHILD RIGHTS ONLINE,” according to the organizers.
One or more people can be used by schools to convey the concept in under three minutes. Videos that are longer than three minutes will be disqualified. Only one video from each school may be entered in the competition. Schools that have been shortlisted will advance to the next round.