Opoku Ware Senior High School in Kumasi emerged the overall champion in the third edition of the Annual Independence Day Quiz on Cancers, organized and sponsored by the Breast Care International and the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council under the auspices of the Ghana Education Service.
The quiz which was initiated three years ago by the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with Breast Care Intentional has been incorporated into the activities to mark Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations annually.
The competition initially began with twelve schools in the Kumasi metropolis in 2018 and later Incorporated 16 schools in the Ashanti region.
For this year’s edition, four schools competed in the final event. They were Opoku Ware, Saint Hubert, Barekese and Konadu Yiadom Senior High Schools.
Opoku Ware SHS, exhibiting tremendous knowledge about cancer diseases and current affairs, defied stiff competition from Saint Hubert SHS, Barekese SHS and Konadu Yiadom SHS, amassing a total score of 54-points to emerge winners. Saint Hubert SHS placed second with 48- points. Barekese SHS and Konadu Yiadom SHS took the third and fourth positions with 40 points and 33 points respectively.
Each school received stationery, certificates of participation, Breast Care International branded shirts and cash prizes, with the main prizes to be presented to them during the Independence Day parade in Kumasi by President Akufo-Addo.
The President of Breast Care International and the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospital, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai said breast cancer happens to be the leading cause of death among women in the world, putting every woman at the risk of developing breast cancer.
The Director of Jackson College of Education, Mrs. Theodosia Jackson noted that the quiz would help sharpen the academic performance of participating schools while grooming them to become breast cancer ambassadors.
Hundreds of breast cancer survivors were showcased in a spectacular display, indicating the number of years they have survived the disease.
They added their voice to the call on policy-makers to make the fight against cancers a top priority.