June 12, GNA – Madam Agnes Anamoo, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for
Nabdam, has called on the youth to combine the passion for sporting activities
with their academic work to succeed in life.
She said it was
imperative for people who had passion for sports to sacrifice everything to
reach on the top and achieve their dreams, however, one must not compromise his
or her academic work.
The DCE made
the call in a speech read for her by Mr. Jimba Mohammed Ibrahim, the Nabdam
District Coordinating Director at the opening ceremony of the Inter-Schools
Sports Festival, held at Kongo Senior High School in the Nabdam District of the
Upper East Region.
edition of the Central Zone sporting activities, in which Madam Anamoo
personally donated a bull worth GH¢2,100.00 to support in the organization
processes, brought together nine senior high schools to compete in various
included Kongo SHS, Bolgatanga SHS, Bolgatanga Girls’ SHS, Zorko SHS,
Bolgatanga Technical Institute, Zamse Senior High/Technical, Zuarungu SHS,
Bongo SHS, and Gowrie SHS.
weeklong event would witness the various participating schools competing in
various sporting disciplines including football, volleyball, handball, hockey,
table tennis, basketball and athletics among others.
explained that sports men and women were currently the most successful and
recognized persons in the world and said however that the pursuit for sports
should not make one to neglect his or her academic work.
She said the
youth particularly, the students who had passion for sports must learn to
become experts in a balancing act between sports and academic work and added
that this would not only help to improve one’s game, but would enable one to
achieve great things in more than one area.
The DCE said
“while we patronize sporting activities, we should not forget about books.
Please, this has been justified by recent events. An international footballer,
His Excellency George Oppong Weah, who combined football with studies has
become the President of Liberia, while his name still remains in the archives
of sports. You should therefore dedicate your time to both studies and sports
to be multiple gainers.”
advised the students to hold the virtues of discipline, dedication, adherence
to rules and regulations, as well as respect for authorities and parents to
enable them get the needed assistance to achieve their aspirations.
the students to use the opportunity to network to improve their performance in
both sports and academic work instead of indulging in social vices which had
the tendency to derail their future and truncate their dreams.
Agoteba Anaba, the Headmistress for Kongo SHS and host of the competitions in
her welcome address indicated that sporting activities were very essential
ingredients in propelling effective academic work.
physical exercise was not only significant to keeping the body and mind fresh
but it helps to keep the brain active at all times for effective teaching and
learning, and therefore, encouraged students who had passion for sports to
pursue their career with dedication while paying attention to their studies.
The event further
brought together some heads of the participating schools and Mr Salifu Zida,
the Upper East Regional Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).