The 24 th Japanese Language Speech Contest has been organised at the Nuguchi Memorial Institute, University of Ghana.
According to First Director of GAJALT, Henry Adgei Anderson, the programme was orgained by the Japan embassy in collaboration with Ghana Alumini of Japanese Universities Graduates, (GAJU) and Association of Japanese Teacher, Ghana. (GAJALT)
He said the winner of category four of the contest would represent Ghana in a similar contest in Nairobi, Kenya in March this year, and the over all winner there would then be given an opportunity as part of the award package to travel to Japan for a month.
And, the aim was part of efforts to integrate the cultures of both Ghana and Japan.
The categories for the contest include three, which is for those below 18 years who have never been to Japan; category two, those above 18 years; Japanese nationals, resident in Ghana.
The contested senior schools, include Saint Rose’s Senior High School, Akotia, University of Ghana Centre for Ancient Studies, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana.
The rest of the contestants were Good Shephered Academy, Weija, Gabuki performance, and private students.
First Director of GAJALT, Henry Adgei Anderson said the event was necessary because basic Japanese language was a requirement for non national who wish to study there, and the event presented the medium to meet such requirement.
Mr.Daniel Lenwah, Headmaster designate for Kejebi Asato Senior High Schhool noted that Japanese companies were spring up in Gbana, and knowledge about their language and culture would a springboard for individuals to acces employment from those.
He also said the event was away to inform the orientations of people, and make them versatile beyond their immediate cultures.
He noted that there were many tribes in Ghana, and the ability to speak each others languages would break most prejudices among the various tribes, and reduce differences among such for a peaceful coexistence.
Mr. Anthony Annor, teacher, Mary Star of the Sea International School, Kasoa said values, such as neatness, honesty, patriotism were the cherish of the Japanese culture, and integrating such would improve the cultures of Ghana.
“They say neatness is first and famous in life, to the extent that they like beaches on their own will”.