UDS Wins Bronze in 2017 Commonwealth Day National Debate Competition

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March. The 52 countries of the Commonwealth celebrate Commonwealth Day. 2017 marks 40 years since Commonwealth Day became a global celebration marked on the same day every year.

The Parliament of Ghana celebrated the day with the theme ‘’A Peace-Building Commonwealth”.

In a message read on her behalf, the Queen of England and Head of the Commonwealth nations, Queen Elizabeth II stated that “working together we will build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community by upholding justice and the rule of law.”

The First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, charged the youth to be disciplined to change the fortunes of the country at all levels.


Mr. Nkrumah Cyril K. Dzidedi and Mr. Frederick Keli Kofi Tse from the University for Development Studies (UDS) ably represented the Baobab in the debate competition on the topic “that free SHS should be free for all citizens or is free SHS feasible in Ghana?”.

The first round had six (6) participating schools namely; University of Cape Coast (UCC), University for Development (UDS), Islamic University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

UDS spoke for the motion in the first round and after advancing into the second round, spoke against the motion.

The second which was also the final round yielded in the UDS TEAM grabbing the BRONZE MEDAL by placing overall third. UCC grabbed gold and UG took silver.