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NHS Model United Nations Conference

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A group of SOS-HGIC students and staff attended the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York City, USA in March 2019. 

On their trip, the students participated in the conference, formed new bonds, connections and friendships and also honed various skills that are essential to their growth and development as global citizens.This is a full report about their trip. READ MORE

2019 Graduation Keynote Speaker

patrick awuahBiography - Patrick G. Awuah Jr.

Founder & President, Ashesi University, Ghana

Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation as one of Ghana’s finest institutions of higher learning. Patrick left Ghana in 1985 when Swarthmore accepted him on a near-full scholarship. In 2001, after living in America for almost two decades, Patrick Awuah returned to Ghana.

Before founding Ashesi University, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion.

He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Babson College and University of Waterloo.

In recognition of his service to Ghana, Patrick was awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor in July 2007. The Order of the Volta is one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country.

He has won many prestigious international awards including the 2015 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award for his work as a leader in Ghanaian education, an Elon Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership from Elon University and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and the MacArthur Fellowship and the McNulty Prize.

In 2015, Patrick was named one the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune Magazine. He has also twice been recognized by a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of Ghanaian CEOs as one of the ten most respected CEOs in Ghana. In December 2015, Patrick was recognized by Africa Leadership Initiative — West Africa (ALIWA) as a “Genius Fellow” an honour reserved for only 20 people around the world.

In November 2017, Patrick was named the 2017 World Innovation Summit in Education (WISE) Prize for Education Laureate by the Qatar Foundation, a recognition given to a distinguished group of individuals who share a passion for empowerment through education. The WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education.

He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.

Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that in Ghana. Patrick was educated at Swarthmore on a near-full scholarship in 1985. In 2001, Patrick who was a Program Manager at Microsoft returned to Ghana to found Ashesi University. He holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Babson College. Patrick has won many awards including the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor, the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, an Elon Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the McNulty Prize and the MacArthur Fellowship and named one the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune Magazine. Patrick was recognized by Africa Leadership Initiative — West Africa (ALIWA) as a “Genius Fellow” an honour reserved for only 20 people around the world. The Qatar Foundation named Patrick the 2017 WISE Prize for Education Laureate. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.

Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality undergraduate education in Ghana. Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation. Patrick is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He has received the Millennium Excellence Award for Educational Development and was named a Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine and the 4th Most Respected CEO in Ghana by a survey of his peers. In 2014, Patrick was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.​

Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality undergraduate education in Ghana. Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation. He holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Babson College and the University of Waterloo. Patrick has won many awards including the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor, the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, an Elon Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the McNulty Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship and named one the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune Magazine, a Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Social Entrepreneur for 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Patrick was recognized by Africa Leadership Initiative — West Africa (ALIWA) as a “Genius Fellow” an honour reserved for only 20 people around the world. The Qatar Foundation named Patrick the 2017 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.

In the Chest of a Woman

The SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College community invites you to this year’s stage production of Efo Kodjo Mawugbe's In the Chest of a Woman, scheduled for 27th of April 2019. Here is a synopsis of the play:

When the Queen Mother of Ebusa lies on her deathbed, Nana Yaa Kyeretwie, the headstrong and clever warrior princess, expects to ascend the throne and rule the Kingdom. But her hopes are dashed when the inheritance is instead given to her younger brother, igniting a passion in her breast that is destined to burn anyone who stands in her way. But how long will she be able to guard a dreaded secret which threatens to destroy her lineage forever? Join us on the 27th of April to discover this together.

 

 

The Not Quite Trojan Horse

SOS-HGIC held its annual inter-hostel swimming competition at the pool area of the hostel. The weeks of preparation by the various sporting groups all led up to this highly anticipated day. The tension build-up could be felt throughout the school that day – it probably didn’t help that the day was abbreviated for said event. There was so much talk of the competition around the school, it seemed as though the walls were abuzz with the latest updates, and predictions of the outcome. From bold claims of expected victory to comments on heated matchups, the topic couldn’t leave the thoughts of spectators and participants alike. The school day ended and the competition was soon started.

The cheering voices of the various sporting groups could be heard from far beyond the hostel residence. As I was walking back from the college, the voices were welcoming me, urging me quicken my steps and join the fun. The shouts only got louder and louder as you approached the pool area. One could see that the cluster of the four hostel colors sandwiched the pool - the color of the pool itself foreshadowed the victors for this year. The supporters threw their energy into chants, hoping to fuel their swimmers. From the blue of the Spartan pack, to the green of the Titan leap, to the yellow of the Trojan bask, through  the red of the Viking pride, more and more energy could be felt seeping into the atmosphere.

The ever present tension was punctuated by miniscule moments of calm, as dazed swimmers clamored out of the pool, and right before explosive jubilation errupted from specific colored clusters around the pool, inundating the whole area with joyous celebration and informing the swimmers of the race winners. However, silence always reasserted its presence right before the swimmers were signaled to begin their race.

Those deafeningly quiet seconds before the race begins, and everyone seemed to hold their breath, all still and unmoving. The tension weighed heavily on the swimmers and the spectators alike as they stood poised with anticipation killing loud cheers till not a whisper could be heard seconds before the swimmers gracefully shot off – or in some cases flopped into the water. The uninhibited start of a swimmer in a race is truly a sight to see. The swimmers' concentration could be felt even from all the way across the pool. Once in the water, they were fueled by the shouts of the crowd and forged ahead towards the finish line, not making the mistake of looking back. Then touching the walls of the other end of the pool, they signified the end of their race leaving their fates to chance, and the hard work their bodies put in.

It’s no secret some races were more anticipated that day and it was evident in the extra decibels the cheers rose to. The Ackuaku faceoff and a number of Niko & Amber races had the spectators on the edge of their seats. Other races left the crowd surprised and impressed with unexpected winners and unforeseen losses. Dana particularly shocked the crowd with her stellar performances and mindblowing victories, as she had just learned to swim a few weeks prior!

At the end of it all the results needed to announced, but as with all SOS-HGIC events, an intermission preceded this. The time for results eventually arrived and a tense hush once again washed over the entire area. In last place came the Vikings, unsurprising, as they had lost some of their strong swimmers the previous year. Following in third place were the record holding Trojans, ending their 13- year winning streak. Then came the Titans in second place, forcing themselves out of the last place position they had nestled in for so long. Finally, the Spartans snatched first place from the iron grasp of the Trojans. A well- deserved win, after a great display of effort and sportsmanship, and in true Spartan style, an epic celebration ensued, to truly leave no doubt in anyone’s minds that they were the champions.

Georgetown Qatar Model United Nations Conference

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The privilege to attend the Georgetown Model United Nations (GMUN) Conference in Doha,
Qatar, between February 18th and 26th is almost impossible to encapsulate in a few words. Students
from the HGIC MUN Club were accompanied by their patron Joyce Dzide-Tei for this trip, during
which they participated in the conference, and of course, explored pieces of Doha that they could,
given the restriction of time.
The GMUN is in its 13th year, and it has continued to provide an opportunity for students to engage
in discourse on current global issues in a stimulating and fun ways. Some of the past themes have
been Arab Awakening, Sustainability and even A World in Turmoil. This year, the conference was
coined “Redefining the Role of the Individual in the Information Revolution.”

Being the only school fro Ghana attending the conference, our students were pleased to be
part of the interesting sessions that spanned over four days. This year’s delagation consited

of Obuo Ofori- Atta who represented Lithuania, Dugbaki Teye, for Hungary, Joy Blankson-
Hemans who was representing Isreal, Esther Asafo-Boakye, Columbia, Victoria Ayitey-
Smith, Italy and Marily Cobblah for Sierra-Leone. The keynote of which was given byy

Clayton Swisher, a Doha-based investigative journalist for Al-Jazeera Media Network.

Committee sessions began immediately after the opening ceremony. Delegates were
exceedingly knowledgable about their tpscs and about the countries they were representing,
including reciting specific sections of their countires constitutions that were relevant for the
points they put forth.
A cultural night was held to allow the participating schools to showcase their country’s
tradition and culture. Throughout the evening, delegates interacted with peers within their
committees and others they had not yet worked with. Some schools participated in a
cultural bazaar where they displayed food, souvenirs and other items that properly gave
some insight on their culture. The evening was culminated by a variety show where students
performed songs, dances and skits.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our parents, the school management and
our patrons, as well as to everyone who contributed to making this trip such a raving
success.

Download Brochure HERE

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