Tema Manhean Anglican JHS goes traditional

BY: Benjamin Xornam Glover
A photograph of some of the students.
A photograph of some of the students.

The Tema Manhean Anglican Junior High School (JHS) has held a programme to showcase the culture and traditions of selected regions in the country.

The event, which formed part of the country's 62nd Independence anniversary, saw students and staff dressed in various traditional attires, as well as the display of a variety of dishes to showcase the traditional staples of the selected regions.

The students were divided into four groups representing four regions of the country under the supervision of a teacher.

Each group exhibited its culinary skills on a dish peculiar to a region. The four regions were the Greater Accra, Northern, Volta and Ashanti.

Some of the meals prepared were kenkey with fried fish and ‘konkonte’ with hot pepper representing the Greater Accra Region, ‘tuo zaafi’ and ‘ayoyo’ soup representing the Northern Region, ‘yakeyake’ with fried fish plus ‘aliha’ and ‘asaana’, a local drink made from corn representing the Volta Region, and fufu with ‘ebunuebunu’ soup, a delicacy in the Ashanti Region.

Some of the participants, in an interview with the Junior Graphic, said they were excited to have participated in the programme, adding that it had further exposed them to how local dishes were prepared.

Ms Lydia Sannie, Vicentia Siavi, Elizabeth Dzisam and Beatrice Tetteh who took part in the preparation of the meals described the programme as very educative.

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The Head Teacher of the Manhean Anglican JHS, Mrs Marian Cobblah, said the programme was in line with the Traditional Day programme held by the Tema Metro Education Directorate.

She said the school thought it wise to use the occasion to further buttress the distinct culture of the selected regions for the appreciation of students.

“Many of the students do not know what goes into the preparation of some of these dishes. We, therefore, used the event as a teaching process to help and guide them," she said.

Mrs Cobblah said the programme would complement the Home Economics aspect of the JHS curriculum.

She urged parents to support efforts of teachers by taking the education of their children seriously and endeavour to provide them with the needed materials to enhance teaching and learning.