As part of the process of improving the performance of the Water and Sanitation Sector in Ghana, the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) has received European Union assistance to continue to forge strategic partnerships for promoting the visibility of the sector.  The Inter Schools Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Quiz competition is yet another opportunity to partner the youth to accelerate water and sanitation services delivery for the socio-economic development of Ghana.

The competition was officially launched in Accra by the sector minister, Alban Kingsford Bagbin on September 1, 2011.  It was under the theme “Promoting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Partnership with the Youth”.

The European Union is the major sponsor of the programme, through the Improvement of Water Sector Performance Management Framework (IWSPMF), a project anchored within the Water Directorate of the MWRWH.  Partnerships have already been forged with other Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations, the Private Sector and the Business Community.

Mr. Attah Arhin, Project Manager of the IWSPMF programme disclosed that the maiden edition of the quiz will involve schools that emerged as regional champions during a national debate to commemorate the 54th Independence Anniversary celebration of Ghana this year.

The schools are Achimota School, Aggrey Memorial Senior High School (SHS), Tarkwa SHS, Kpando SHS and Abuakwa State College representing the southern zone and St. Francis Xavier, Gowrie SHS, Damongo SHS, Drobo SHS and Esaase Bontefufuo SHS representing the northern zone.

The competition will commence in the northern zone on October 2, 2011, while the southern zone will take their turn the following week, October 9, 2011.  The grand finale will involve three top schools each from the zonal competitions and will be held on October 16, 2011.   All the contests will be telecast live on Ghana Television (GTV) as well as all Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) radio stations across Ghana.

Contestants will be quizzed on five thematic areas, which will include urban water delivery, rural water delivery, water resources management, water related sanitation and hygiene education as well as current affairs or recent happenings in Ghana’s WASH sector.

Very attractive prizes running into thousands of Ghana Cedis are at stake for competing schools and students. Prizes include Computers and accessories, laptop computers, books, certificates and some cash prizes.  There will also be consolation prizes for competing schools and students who are not able to progress to the grand finale.