Cyber security Awareness: Youth Advised Against internet Scam As MTI Emerges Zone Two NCCC Winner

CyberGhana, a non-profit organization dedicated to cyber-security empowerment, has launched a cyber-security program known as National Cyber Champions Competition (NCCC). 


Speaking with Opemsuo News Reporter, Effah Mensah William, the Program Coordinator for CyberGhana, Mr. Bright Edujih Kuleke said, “the 2023 edition strives to inspire Senior High School (SHS) students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines for accelerated development”.  


Furthermore, “it seeks to raise awareness of cybersecurity’s best practices for students to stay safe online, seek career opportunities, and develop a cybersecurity culture among young children.” 


The competition was held for the competing schools in zone one, comprising schools in the Central and Western Regions. 


The Central region schools are; Aggrey Memorial Zion school (Cape Coast), St. Augustine’s College (Cape Coast), and Boa Amponsem SHS (Dunkwa on Offin). Archbishop Porter Girls’ School represented Western Region. 


Zone two- which comprises schools in the Ashanti and Bono Regions took place on the Yaa Asantewaa Girls SHS campus on Saturday, February 4, 2023, where Methodist Technical Institute (Kumasi) emerged as the winner of the competition over the host school, OLA Girls SHS (Kenyase), St. Louis Girls SHS (Kumasi), St. Hubert Seminary (Kumasi), Sunyani SHS (Sunyani), TI Ahmadiyya SHS (Kumasi), and Kumasi High School.


Furthermore, Zone 3 event has been scheduled for 11th February at Bishop Hermans College in Kpando. Schools competing in zone 3 are Bishop Hermans College, Kpando SHS, and Kpando Technical Institute.


Zone 4 event, to be hosted by Bolgatanga Girls SHS (Bolgatanga) on 11th February, features Bolgatanga Girls SHS and Dabokpa Technical Institute (Tamale).


Unlike other competitions where results are declared immediately, the NCCC’s result would be announced when all Zones are done with their contest. Eight schools with the highest score will progress to the grand finale scheduled for April in Accra.


Mr. Edujih moreover advised the youth against internet scam and hacking and rather opts for cyber-security practices which are capable of fetching them a reasonable stream of income.


On their part, the student participants shared their experience on the competition and how the training has gone a long way to change their lives positively by awakening them on the need to stay vigilant online, and pledged to actively work with the knowledge received so far. They also took the opportunity to advise colleague youths to desist from internet fraud, hacking and switch to the positive side.



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