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BOGISS wins Upper East Region’s Renewable Energy Challenge

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Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS) was adjudged the winner of the Upper East Region’s competition of the Energy Commission’s SHS Renewable Energy Challenge.

BOGISS emerged winners after beating other 7 Senior High Schools in the Upper East Region in a keenly contested competition. The contesting schools are Navrongo SHS, Bawku SHS, Our Lady of Lourdes Girls’ SHS, Bongo SHS, Bolgatanga SHS, Gowrie SHS, and Awe SHS.

The 3rd edition of the Renewable Energy Challenge is under the theme: “Clean cooking and food processing using renewable energy technologies.”

The participating schools developed projects in the area of clean cooking methods using renewable energy.

For their part, the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School used plastics to generate fuel gas for clean cooking. A participant, Adiba Immaculate Wayamu said the decision of the school to use plastic to generate fuel gas hopes to address the menace of plastic pollution on the environment.

“When plastics are gathered, there is no better way of recycling them but we turn to burn them and this is releasing harmful toxic substances in the atmosphere which causes global warming and depletion of the ozone layer and that is why we have these environmental challenges around us. So, if we are able to manufacture these plastics into something that we will be able to use in our homes again, we will reduce the air pollution and therefore our environments will be safer.”

Otherwise known as Pogmensis, the contestants from the BOGISS promised of winning the zonal contest in August and finally win the ultimate on the 19th of October 2022.

For their prizes, BOGISS received a plaque. Students from all the participating schools received a certificate each, mathematical sets, branded T-shirt notepads, and an undisclosed amount of money. A teacher from each of the schools was also given a certificate.

Programmes Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Challenge, Julius Nkansah-Nyarko said the project seeks to address some energy challenges the country is facing in terms of demand and supply using homegrown solutions.

This he said can be achieved by inculcating the habit of research solutions involving Senior High School students.

He was optimistic that the Renewal Energy Challenge is in line with government’s quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 7 of universal energy by 2030.

Ms. Faustina Agetara Upper East Regional Coordinator for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education was confident that Bolgatanga Girls will emerge winners at the national contest.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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