Eight schools were represented in this year?s quiz, where students from the junior high school level tested their knowledge on general issues bordering on the rights of the child, the UN system and even geography.

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The Aduman-Manhyia D/A JHS emerged as the overall winner in the competition and they proudly went back to their school with a brand new Dell desktop computer, a plaque, a school bag, exercise books, and the bragging rights.

Amenfe D/A JHS and Kasaam Seventh Day Adventist JHS emerged second and third and they received a giant wall clock, a plaque, school bags, and exercise books. The other participating schools were also given school bags and exercise books.

The quiz competition which is in its fourth year was organised with funding support from Plan Ghana.

The executive director of the Empowerment Center for Women and Children, Madam Aminata Ibrahim, in her welcome address said 11th October was set aside as the International Day of the Girl-Child by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about issues related to gender inequality around the world.

?It is a day on which activist groups come together, united by similar goals to highlight, discuss, and take action in advancing the girls? rights and opportunities globally? she said.

She said October 11 should not just be seen as a day, but as a movement dedicated to championing the rights and aspirations of the girl-child to have access to equality education and other life opportunity.

?The day is a worldwide revolution, we want to be seen as equals in the eyes of others and in our own eyes? she added.

Madam Aminata Ibrahim was glad at the enthusiasm teachers, students, and pupils have shown in the annual quiz events since its inception couple of years back, and she is hopeful that more schools will respond to invitation to partake in future events.

She advised the students and the pupils to consider the quiz as a learning opportunity to learn and know important issues such as the rights and responsibilities of the girl-child.

The president of the Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child, Mrs Josephine Konadu Kodua, was equally happy with participation in the quiz and the understanding of the issues on child rights displayed by the contestants.
She said the girl-child is very important due to the challenges she faces in society and that a huge gap still exists between the girl-child and the boy-child despite efforts made by governments to close the gap and ensure equality.

She called on parents to be very conscious about their female children and grant them more attention and also help them to overcome their challenges to be able to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Mrs Konadu Kodua also spoke vehemently against child marriages and she maintained that the girl-child should rather be accorded similar opportunities as the boy-child, and not be treated as a nobody in the home.

The Kwabre District director of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mrs Yaa Donkor, said religion and culture should not be used as barriers to hinder the progress of the girl-child.

According to her religion and culture should rather serve as tools to advance the course of the girl-child in society.

Describing the quiz as successful, she encouraged the students to study hard and pursue their academic dreams to become worthy citizens of their societies and the country as a whole.

Mrs Donkor praised the Empowerment Center for Women and Children for initiating and organizing the annual quiz and she encouraged them to expand the topics covered in the quiz to include areas such as CHRAJ and even the law courts.

By: Bruce Misbahu Bulmuo

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