ACEYE holds maiden edition of Ghana Inter-University Liberty and Economics Competition
The maiden edition of Ghana Inter-University Liberty and Economics Competition has been organized by the Africa Centre for Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment (ACEYE).
The competition which was held in Accra over the weekend was the climax of the ACEYE’s Scholars Club training sessions which seeks to imbibe in the young scholars the ideals of free market philosophy and economics and they grow to take the leadership mantle of the country.
Held under the theme; “From Rhetorics to Change Agents: A New Deal for Africa’s Youth”, the event featured guest speakers such as Dr. Joseph Darmoe, Programs Director at Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung e.V and Mr. Samuel Amanor, Chief Executive Officer of BlueSpace Technologies.
The competition was contested between the various chapters of the ACEYE Scholars Club formed on four university campuses in Ghana, namely; University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Mines & Technology (UMaT) and the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).
Among a number of activities undertaken, the scholars presented a pitch on how Ghana can practically solve some of the pressing economic challenges such as youth unemployment, the menace of galamsey and how to shift from the current theoretical learning to practical learning in the current educational system.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of ACEYE, Emmanuel Acquah, the competition was to enable the young scholars leverage the skills and knowledge gained through rigorous training sessions to solve some of the complex economic challenges the country is grappling with.
“We decided to have the maiden edition of Ghana Inter-University Liberty and Economics Competition because first we want to gauge the understanding of young people when it comes to free market philosophy and also economics. As you know, the whole semester we selected tertiary institutions who went through training where we imbibed in them the concept of free market or classical liberalism,” he explained.
He further indicated, “as part of the project, we decided to leverage on the skills acquired, knowledge gained to solve critical socio-economic problems. By so doing, we decided to bring all of them together to compete as to which of ideas is more viable in helping to make this country a prosperous one.”
Some of the scholars also touted the positive impacts made by the ACEYE Scholars Club’s training sessions on their understanding of the Free Market Economic Philosophy.
According to Amissah Frimpomaa Priscilla from the GIJ Chapter, the knowledge gained from the scholars club has convinced her that the free market philosophy when properly practiced in Ghana will be the game changer in terms of economic growth and development.
“With this scholars club, I have really learnt a lot. It has really helped me to explore and research more and also to apply whatever I’m learning in school in addition to what I’m taught in the club. I believe that when we allow the private sector to thrive, with little or no government intervention, it will really help. It will actually solve most of our problems,” the ACEYE scholar explained.
Source: ABC News