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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.

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2018 Graduation Keynote Speaker

Profile of Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins

 

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Ama de-Graft Aikins is a Professor of Social Psychology and the Dean of International Programmes at the University of Ghana, Legon. She had her primary school education at Morning Star School, and her secondary education at Wesley Girls’ High School and South Thames College, Putney, London, where she completed her A- Levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. After gaining her first degree in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester in 1994, she received an MSc in Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998. She got her PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2005 and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Cambridge in 2006. After research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge and at LSE, she joined the University of Ghana as a senior lecturer in 2009. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and then to full Professor in 2015. She was the first female full professor of Psychology at the University of Ghana.

Ama de-Graft Aikins’ research focuses on the experiences and the representations of chronic physical and mental illnesses, as well as the burden of Africa's chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD) and the social psychology of knowledge production in African settings. She has led, and participated in, interdisciplinary NCD research projects based in Ghana, Europe and the United States with colleagues from Legon, University of Amsterdam, New York University (NYU) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her research has been funded through competitive grants from major funders including the British Academy, The European Union and Grand Challenges Canada. She has conducted commissioned research and provided expert advice on health and NCD policy for organizations including the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Inter-Academy Panel (IAP). Her research has produced over 100 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and she has presented her research at over 100 conferences, high level meetings and university seminars in 25 countries. She teaches Psychology, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Qualitative Research Methods at the University of Ghana, Legon. She has supervised and mentored undergraduate, masters and PhD students in Social Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Public Health and Population Studies at Legon, LSE, LSHTM, NYU, University of Sussex, University of Amsterdam and Australian Catholic University.

Ama de-Graft Aikins has received prestigious awards and fellowships including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) postdoctoral fellowship in 2005, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar award in 2009, Inter-Academy Panel (IAP) Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2011 and the LSE African Initiative Fellowship in 2013. She is a visiting senior fellow at the LSE and University College London (UCL) and a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Beyond her academic work, Ama de-Graft Aikins is a trained psychological counsellor and she has a keen interest in literature and the arts. She worked with children and young people in the UK, was the SOS-HGIC emotional counsellor and school psychologist between 2009 and 2012, and provides occasional private counselling services. She has written articles and blogs on Ghanaian art and popular culture and, presently collects art from young unknown Ghanaian artists, until she can afford the Ghanaian classics! She is married to Yaw Awuku Boohene, with whom she shares an obsession with freshly brewed coffee and heated debates about politics.

2018 Band Concert

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With the news that the outcome of this year’s Band in Concert had been entrusted to myself, Princess Chappell and Ekow Bentsi-Enchill filled me with sheer excitement for what the months to follow had in store for me.

I saw this privilege as an opportunity to immerse myself in music, which is so dear to me. 

As the months wore on, I began to forget why I had accepted the responsibility with such glee. There were so many moving parts to keep a pulse on, I truly felt like I was juggling countless glass plates.

I was learning and teaching backup vocals for all the songs that required them. Of course I also was tasked with leading time management techniques for school band members, and myself to successfully prioritize the concert for a short period before the 17th of February!

I was truly left scraping together just enough time to stay afloat and awake in my classes.

With the performance day looming ahead, rehearsals became more and more intense, but spirits remained high and we were all hoping for the best, but the beast of insecurity - true to itself - crept in at the last minute, when all we had left to do was wait for 7pm that Saturday evening.

Before I knew it, the time had come, and we were mounting the stage. We were greeted by the harsh floodlights that illuminated our blue outfits, and allowed for absolute scrutiny of our every move. To my amazement, once we started with “I Stand Amazed” by Sinach, performed by Maama Eduardo Benyi and Essi Kantamanto-Koomson,  our nerves calmed to a peaceful rest, and the other songs flew by. In no time at all, the event was over.

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Despite the fleeting nature of the event, I still remember the thrill of showcasing our hard work to friends and families. Although I must admit to glowing with pride after every congratulatory wish we received, not a single one of them could match up to the feeling of accomplishment that filled me after our final song - Osibisa’s “Coffee Song” performed by Nii Addo Quaynor. At that moment, I was confident that we had done our best.

Interestingly, as I sang my father’s calm voice incessantly reminded me, “Lift up your chin, just a slight tilt can make a difference.”  And I believe it did. Today, with the stage disassembled and my new blue dress crumpled somewhere in my laundry basket, I am glad to say I have emerged from this experience with my chin infinitesimally- yet significantly - higher than it was in October. I am thankful for the stress because it made me more resilient, for the setbacks because they helped me hone my problem-solving skills, and for my support system (God, co-Band heads friends and parents) for helping me hold my chin up in the face of it all.

by: Baaba Bentsi-Enchill

 

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Humanities Day 2018

We often speak of how underdeveloped African countries: they fail to provide basic amenities such as proper sanitation and access to education to all citizens. We grumble bitterly about our corrupt politicians and the inefficiency of our governments at raising the living standards of citizens and freeing the country of accumulated debt.  We lament about how we are in the 21st century and we are still battling energy issues, (#dumsor) while the rest of the world leaps and bounds ahead of us.

What breaks my heart isn’t the complaining, these are valid issues which need to be addressed and I for one, strongly believe that the time for playing the colonialism card as an excuse for not having developed, has long elapsed. Take Ghana for example, we have enjoyed over half a century of independence and all we have to show for it is the ever increasing wealth disparity.

 After we have exhausted our eternal lists of reasons why Africa will never succeed, we quickly follow it up with “Anyways it’s not my problem, I’m going to study Engineering in the states then I’ll get my Master’s degree in the UK and after that and perhaps settle down in Switzerland, I hear the scenery is to die for.” We clamour to leave our countries seeking greener pastures, instead of staying behind to fix the problems we have here.  

Forgetting to add ourselves to the unending list of reasons Africa remains underdeveloped, we argue that Africa continues to need good passionate leaders.  Yet we quickly abandon Africa to her own fate after acquiring the very attributes our continent needs in competent leaders in school. Through the student leadership opportunities presented at our educational institutions, we hone these invaluable skills then fail to give back to our motherland.  For example, in Consortium Club you pick up strategic thinking, in Pan-African and Interact Clubs, you learn to inspire people and get them to believe in your vision, as monitors and prefects you begin to grasp the challenges of peer leading and liaising up a hierarchy.  

Therefore today, I challenge all of us to reflect carefully on what our curriculum seeks to achieve. It is easy to jump on a bus, go to a deprived community, teach the kids and come back to the hostel to attend to our numerous assignments. The bigger question, however, remains unanswered. What impact did we have on those communities? Have we improved those communities? Have we given those communities, the necessary tools to enable them escape the vicious cycle of poverty? Are those communities better off because of their interaction with us, or they are left waiting till the next time we come, ready to provide more solutions?

What I am suggesting here is that, our curriculum is deeply etched in the philosophy of the school, knowledge in the service of Africa. I am imploring all of us to take ownership of our experiences here in the school. After all, we have the skills, the knowledge, and the opportunities to transform our continent. We can no longer wait for a benevolent benefactor to come save us from ourselves. We have the knowledge, now to start serving those around us.

by Claudette Wilson 

Humanities

2017 Inter-Hostel Athletics Competition

This year's inter hotel athletics competition was riveting to the hilt.

HGIC students invested heaps of time putting in twice as much effort as last year, into mastering their crafts; ultimately making us all proud. Our school certainly has many star athletes to boast of! Athletics usually takes place every December, in the final week of school and it spans across two days. Day one is dedicated to field events including triple jump, shot put and high jump at the hostels. The second day’s events, all the track events, take place at El-Wak stadium in Accra. We conclude with a brief award ceremony acknowledging all the top performers, and call it a day. 

 

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