The Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie has launched the second edition of the Brain Battle Quiz (BBQ) at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra on Wednesday 10 March, 2021. The climax of the event saw His Grace who is also the Episcopal Chairman of
Education of the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference unveiling the new logo and trophy of the BBQ which is scheduled for the third week of June, 2021.
The Brain Battle Quiz is an initiative of the Education Directorate of the National Catholic Secretariat in collaboration with the Cocktail Media and Profile Ghana, a private multimedia organisation. The objective is to engage all Catholic Junior High Schools across Ghana in a STEM quiz to help develop their interest in
Science and Mathematics.
This year’s edition of the BBQ will feature 144 schools comprising 9 schools from each of the sixteen regions. The winning school will take away ten thousand Ghana cedis worth of science equipment, a branded trophy while the contestants shall receive five hundred (500.00) Ghana cedis savings accounts, certificates and souvenirs.
The runner-up shall receive five thousand (5000) Ghana cedis worth of science equipment for the school with contestants receiving three hundred (300) Ghana cedis savings accounts, certificates and souvenirs.
The school that comes third shall receive two thousand (2,000.00) Ghana cedis worth of Science equipment while the contestant take home two hundred (200.00) Ghana cedis savings accounts, certificates and souvenirs.
Meanwhile, all contestants for the quiz category shall take home consolation prizes.
In a virtual address, the special guest and Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ing. Dr. Ken Ashigbey advocated the need for corporate investment in STEM in Ghana.
He admitted that the maiden edition of the contest witnessed an exciting practical based contest that produced several innovative science projects. He was especially thrilled by the innovative procedure the winner of the Science Project category used to produce electricity to charge mobile phones using urine.
According to Dr. Ashigbey, the projects undertaken by various contesting schools encouraged stakeholders to drive for the national agenda of producing problem solving scientists.
In a speech, the Acting General Manager of Catholic schools in Ghana and Greater Accra Regional manager of Catholic schools, Mrs. Josephine Asoo, explained that the former General Manager of Catholic schools, Mrs. Doris Eshun facilitated a presentation of the concept to Regional Managers of the Catholic Education Unit and subsequently to the Episcopal Bishop of Education, Archbishop John Bonaventure
Kwofie. The Archbishop on his part pledged full support and subsequently headlined the official launch of the maiden edition of BBQ on July 19, 2019. According to Mrs. Josephine Asoo, Archbishop’s support paved way for the regional contest in September, 2019 with the grand finale taking place in March, 2020.