By Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
As part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sunyani Senior High School (SUSEC), the planning committee of the celebration has organised a Cultural and Choral Night Festival at the school campus in Sunyani, the capital of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The broader theme for the year-long celebration is “50 Years Of Quality Education And Moral Excellence Of The Youth: SUSEC In Perspective”.
Among the cultural groups that participated in the cultural festival were the host school, SUSEC, SUSEC Basic Model School, Odumaseman Senior High School SHS, Chiraa SHS and Serwaa Kesse SHS who thrilled the audience including parents, siblings and mates from the invited schools to traditional drumming and dancing.
Other performances included drama titled “Culture, Our Hope, Our Future” and poetry recital titled “The Role Of Culture In The Development And Sustainability Of The Society.
The cultural groups performed dances from the various ethnic groups from traditional areas in the country and the one that received a lot of applause was a dance drama piece titled “Peace and Unity in Ghana”.
According to Mr Eugene Owusu-Agyemang a.k.a., Palmer, the Public Relation Officer of the SUSEC@50 Planning Committee, the dance was to depict the need for the various ethnic groups in the country to come together to promote the development of the country, since without peace, no meaningful development could take place.
He added that the cultural festival was also to let the students appreciate and be proud of their culture as against the invasion of foreign cultures.
Nana Attaku Asumadu Brempong II, Dwane toahene of Hwidiem Traditional Area in the Asutifi District of the Brong Ahafo Region and Chairman of the SUSEC Parent Teacher Association (PTA), who was also the guest of honour at the cultural festival, urged the youth to be proud of their culture as Ghanaians.
He urged the students to imbue those good cultural practices of the country and blend it with the good foreign ones so as to help them to grow into responsible citizens of the country.
Nana Brempong commended the cultural groups that participated in the cultural festival and the planning committee, saying that education should not only be limited to academics but students must also be taught to uphold and appreciate their culture as a people.