The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of General Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has urged young people to work hard towards the realization of their dreams and bring honour not only to themselves, but to their families, schools and the country.
Speaking at a reception for the Robotics Team of Opoku Ware School on Wednesday at the Ministry for Education on their arrival from Michigan in the United States, where they won an Innovation Award at the just ended Robofest Competition, Dr. Adutwum expressed his delight at the team’s achievement and congratulated them for their hard work.
“You have no excuse to rest on your laurels. You clearly have a lot of potential and you have to keep working hard”, he urged them.
Opoku Ware School was not the only team from Ghana at the competition. Also there to represent Ghana was Shut Up from Right to Dream Academy and Gaintbot One from the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS).
Shut Up and Giantbot One placed 8th and 12th respectively in the competition, while Opoku Ware's ROID came 14th.
They were joined by a cross-section of the school’s old boys and the team members’ families to pay a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister and to inform him of their achievement.
The delegation also included Dr. Yaw Okraku-Yirenkyi, the Coordinator of the Ghana Robotics Academy & Foundation (GRAF), who praised the efforts of the Opoku Ware School team and explained that there were other global robotics competitions slated for China, Thailand and Philippines later this year.
The spokesman for the delegation, who is also Secretary to the Opoku Ware Old Boys’ Association (Akatakyie) Mr. Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, informed the Deputy Minister that the boys had worked so hard and were inspired to work even harder in future competitions to bring honour to their country.
He expressed the hope that the team will be able to draw on the ministry’s support ahead of their preparations for future contests, and that the school was determined to become a robotics hub in the country.
The team was treated to a reception later in the evening at the National Theatre, hosted by Akatakyie ahead of their onward trip to school in Kumasi yesterday, where they received a rousing welcome from their schoolmates.
Below is a list of all the teams that participated in the competition.