Mrs Kakra Van Lare, Adentan Municipal Chief Executive, has opened the 13th Basic Schools Regional Festival of Arts, calling on Ghanaians to respect the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition.
“Let us respect the rule of law, by this, we should hold ourselves in readiness for the outcome of the ruling, whichever way it goes,” she stressed.
Mrs Van Lare said it is better to live in a country where the law is supreme, than to live in one that is disintegrated by violence.
She called on Ghanaians to work as whole to develop the nation and eradicate ignorance, religious bias, and corruption, and choose to be identified with positive attributes.
The two-day festival, on the theme: ” Our Culture, Our Pride , Our Identity,” is taking place at the Adentan Community School at Adentan near Accra, under the direction of Mrs Elizabeth de Souza, Greater Accra Regional Director of Education.
Pupils from 16 directorates, including Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal, Ga West, Dangme West, Ga South, Ga East Districts, Adentan, Ashaiman Municipalities and Accra and Tema Metropolis are competing in poetry recitals, drum appellation, dance drama, drama and choral music.
They would go on sightseeing and mount an exhibition showing craft works they have done from their various schools.
Mrs Van Lare said what defines the people of Ghana encompasses the development of music, sports, cuisine and festivals among other attributes.
Mrs Rosemond Keteku, Municipal Director of Education, asked the celebrants to consider ways of sustaining efforts in reviving culture, which she said is the pride of Ghanaians and will determine the future of the country.
She said they should consider also how the school system would partner with civil society groups in the arts and the media to whip up interest in maintaining the uniqueness of the Ghanaian culture.
Mrs Keteku asked teachers to do all they can to help students continue working at their project works since all big inventions began in small ways.
She expressed the need for the employment of innovative ways in practical works of Basic Design and Technology classes.
Mr Michael Kuvor, Regional Cultural Co-ordinator, announced that the Greater Accra Region would host the next National Basic Schools Festival of Arts scheduled for the first week in September.