Energizing the resource base in Sunyani to act

+Barcamp Sunyani 2013 was was organized on November 9 at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani. This was the second +Barcamp Sunyani event and it was themed "Enegerizing our resource base to act". Last year's event was held at the same venue though it was a KNUST Faculty of Forest Resources Technology. The theme was a play on words of UENR but very relevant to Sunyani and the Brong Ahafo region. The Barcamp featured a lot of teenagers, with many attendees from the Dumasua Junior High School. It was a bit of different vibe to the Barcamp due to large presence of teenagers.

The event started with a discussion around the town Sunyani. Attendees who weren't originally from the Sun City were asked to share their opinions about the town. Many maintained that the culture in Sunyani is made it serene and clean but also not very ripe for good business. It was noted that Sunyani was home to a new public university in UENR and a fledging private one in the Catholic University College in Fiapre. The Brong-Ahafo region was identified as a region producing a lot of top Ghanaian footballers and footballing clubs as well.

The event continued with the speed mentoring session. The speed mentors (resource personnel) had 1-on-1 mentoring sessions with attendees for 10 minutes at a time. The mentors included Sunday Aderemi (Stanbic Bank), +Comedian David Aglah (StanChart), +Kobe Subramaniam (of +GDG Ghana & +Barcamp Cape Coast), +Jean-Baptiste Mantey (Multiplex Technology Evolution), +Peter Nimbe (Catholic University Lecturer), Anthony Fesu (www.edwaaso.com), +Joachim Danbo (Prestige Research), Sarah Kyeremeh of (J-Life FM), amongst others.

For the breakout sessions, the attendees were divided into 7 groups. They each dissected and discussed the theme of Barcamp Sunyani. Read our Storify about the unconference here. Many of the young students contributed well to the discussions. The teacher +patrick Boakye who had brought them to the event was proud of his students and they really thanked him for bringing them to the event. They learnt a whole lot and their outlook on many things changed. There were other senior high school students who attended and also expressed interest in +Barcamp Ghana's sister program, the +Junior Camp Ghana program.

Barcamp Sunyani 2013 was the 26th +Barcamp Ghana event. The organizing team was made up of +Kofi Kafui Kornu +Francis Owusu +rose meda donkor J B Mantey +Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng and +Nana Wireko. Many other thanks and kudos to the various +GhanaThink Foundation members who played great roles to make the event successful, especially those who were present like +Ali Bukari Maiga Kobe and others. Check out #bcsyi on Google+ and Twitter. It was decided that there would be a clean up competition for students at the JHS and the winning class would receive some prizes.


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