Inter University Halls Debate launched in Accra

An educative Television Reality Show, a competition for Inter University Halls dubbed “The Intellectuals”, under the theme: Fostering national cohesion through dialogue has been launched in Accra.

The Intellectuals is a Reality Television Show for Tertiary Students across the Country. It is a program that would be built around student’s resident and affiliated to halls of residences in and across Universities and Tertiary Institutions, both public and private.

About 32 Halls from 7 Universities: University of Ghana, Legon, University of Cape Coast, University Education Winneba and Ashesi University. The rest are University of Professional Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Methodist University College, Ghana have entered the three months long competition.

The Intellectuals is an inter hall debate competition that shall edge halls from the various tertiary institutions against each other in a healthy and a well-researched debate on topics and subject matters of national development interest.

The Television Program would be packaged into two different segments, the DIARIES and the SHOW. The diaries shall be centered on research, selection of candidates by the various halls to represent them, the ‘Jama’ and interviews of JCR members, JCR executives, student body as well as related personalities around the halls, old students and SCR members.

It would also highlight entertainment and fun aspects of students’ hall week celebrations. The Show, which is the climax of the diaries, shall be the debate.

It would have two halls pitched against each other on one stage with a live audience and the panel of moderators.

There will be a presenter interlude in between debates purposely for audience interactions, advertisements and to also highlight feedback of viewers on social media to viewers and audiences.

At the end of every show, a winner would be announced to advance to the next stage or finish as a winner for the season.

A season’s winner shall be crown as the Intellectuals for the year and they shall have a cup/plaque, some gift hampers, prizes and the bragging rights as the INTELLECTUALS for the year/season, according to The Organizers.

Objectives of the program include the following: Deepen the democratic processes of the country, foster a healthy relationship through dialogue, Enhance academic research, learning, public speaking and stimulate self-esteem among students, learn to say the right thing at the right time and to inculcate the spirit of fairness in the youth among others.

Speaking to our reporter, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Promptus Film, The Organizers of program, Oheneba Achampong, said, “our mission is to ensure that dialogue and the exchange of ideas reign supreme in our quest for democratic governance”, adding that, “this show seeks to gather students from the nation’s top most Universities and Tertiary Institutions to debate on topics that enhances the deepening of democracy and to help foster and set up development agenda for the Country.”

The program shall be aired on four different television channels and it shall comprise of sixteen episodes of thirty minutes diary and thirteen episodes of one hour main show dubbed the contest.

Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah

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