The Energy Commission of Ghana ended the Southern Zone’s Senior High Schools’ Renewable Energy Challenge yesterday in Accra.
The zonal competition, which took place at the Science Education unit in Accra, saw Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School emerge winners, with Accra Technical Training Centre and Mamfe Methodist Girls Senior High School placing second and third respectively and set to join the three best schools from the Northern Zone in the final.
This was the second edition of the Senior High Schools’ Renewable Energy Challenge (SHSREC).
The students from the various schools in the challenge presented amazing projects made by themselves from local materials.
The Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Ing. Oscar Amonoo-Neizer, in his keynote address at the function said “the objectives of this challenge are to develop the research skills of Senior High School students and promote technological innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency; instill in students a passion for solving renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change challenges through innovative research; develop the presentation skills of Senior High School students; promote self-confidence; and encourage hard work through public recognition and rewards.”
The first edition of the challenge was organised for 29 schools in the Greater Accra Region.
It was won by Ebenezer Senior High School, with Forces Senior High Technical School and Manhean Senior High Technical School placing second and third respectively.
The second edition has been expanded to all 16 regions of the country. This includes 16 regional competitions, two zonal competitions and a grand finale which is scheduled to come off on October 14, 2021.
Mr. Julius Nkansah-Nyarko, Chief Programme Officer in charge of Bio-Energy at the Energy Commission, in a message said that the aim of the program is to promote creative thinking and provide mentorship to young students in SHS.
He added that “the Energy Commission will collaborate with some research institutions in the country, such as the CSIR and the Brew Hammond Energy Centre at KNUST, to help refine the ideas and projects of the students and also mentor, train and prepare them for the finals.”
“It is our hope that these projects and great ideas would be taken up and further research conducted on them to scale them up into solutions that could address Ghana’s energy needs,” Mr. Nkansah-Nyarko said.
All the participating schools in the Southern Zone were presented with a number of prizes, including text books, customised T-shirts, and a cash prize of GHC1,000.