Leadership, Education, Agriculture and Development Contests
Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Contests are designed to make classroom instruction practical with real world applications. Through a variety of methods, Junior High School and Senior High School students in Ghana are able to practice numerous skills, competencies, and demonstrations of their critical life skills. These LEAD Contests have been developed to instill pride in students, promote understanding of a topic and to provide opportunities for new student experiences. Through these contests, students can engage in friendly competition to bring pride to themselves, their community, and 4-H Ghana as a whole. While no financial support is provided from 4-H Ghana for students to compete, they are encouraged to use local resources and support systems such as the 4-H Alumni Volunteer Network to ensure their success and support travel to competitions. Each competition is designed to further a student’s desire to contribute and succeed in their communities. LEAD Contests provide many opportunities to students.
As students practice leadership in their 4-H clubs, it is important to provide opportunities for them to improve their skills and develop the courage to continue leading in their communities. 4-H strives to develop young girls and boys to become future leaders in our communities, country, and the world. Contests that focus on life skills help ensure the creation of well-rounded young professionals and leaders of tomorrow.
Education is the foundation of success in any society. As we learn and experience life and its lessons we are charged to pass this knowledge on to those around us and the following generation. Students involved in 4-H learn directly from their teachers in schools and from members around the community. Contests focused on livelihood skills are able to showcase student’s abilities to apply what they have learned to real-life situations. They empower students to be confident in a particular job and to help them pursue further education in areas related to their future careers.
4-H works to empower youth to realize the potential and opportunities in agriculture industries. Empowering youth with new technology and education provides opportunities to grow and develop their own enterprises and gain skills that will benefit them in every future endeavor. Contests utilize the rich heritage of Ghanaian agriculture to encourage students to learn from and embrace their culture while growing and motivating themselves and others around them to work hard for future success.
Societies are constantly evolving as new ideas, concepts, and growth occurs. 4-H Ghana strives to develop the best and most effective leaders through Positive Youth Development (PYD). Communities develop through engaged dialogue, hard work, and ethical dedication to the success of those around us. Contests focused on the development of gender awareness, and education, personal health and fitness, agricultural growth, and community development are designed to engage students in problem-solution thinking and critical thinking skills to become influential in community decisions.
As 4-H Ghana grows and expands, so too will LEAD contest opportunities.
For the entire LEAD Contest Guidebook and rules click here.
2017 LEAD Contests
The 2017 Debate Topic is: “A new rule is being proposed preventing males from being the club president.”