The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has won the maiden edition of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)’s 2018 Civic Challenge.
The debaters from GIMPA triumphed over their counterparts from the University of Education Winneba, scoring 835 points.
The UEW debaters recorded 781 points to place second in the debate competition that started with 16 schools from the 10 regions of Ghana. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) placed third.
GIMPA was awarded a cash prize of GHS2,000, books and consumables.
The motion for the debate competition was: “60 years after independence, does Ghana need foreign aid for its development?”
The topic was motivated by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ambitious policy shift aimed at weaning Ghana off foreign aid. GIMPA was against donor handouts while UEW supported foreign aid.
Citing Proverbs 22:7 GIMPA debaters supported the government’s agenda to take the country off donor oxygen, proffering radical solutions. They argued:
1.The conditionalities of foreign aids are behind Ghana’s underdevelopment.
2.Foreign aid was behind the overthrow of Dr K.A Busia’s government
3.Over-dependency on donor handouts is a curse
4.Ghana needs to be the master of its ship
5.Foreign aid postpones Ghana’s problem because it provides short-term solution
But UEW argued no country is an island on its own to be dependent on its resources. The debaters want Ghanaians to credit the country’s democracy and peace to foreign aid.
They were clear that:
1.Ghanaians could have died out of hunger had it not been IMF structural adjustment programme (SAP) in 1983.
2.No country is an island dependent on itself. No one imagined America going to China for loans. Everything is possible.
3.The economies of European giants such as Britain, France and Germany among others were resuscitated through the US Marshal Plan.
4.Ghana’s democracy, stability and peace should be credited to foreign aid.
After a fierce battle, only 54 points separated the two debating teams. GIMPA proved the team to beat and at the end, its debaters won the day with 853 points.
Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, who was at the event charged students to take extra-curricular activities seriously since they constitute about 70 percent of the things that will help them in life.
While advising them to prioritise classroom lessons, the former lecturer wants students to attend debate competitions and seminars on campus.