Taking pride in learning is the key for successful professionals

Ghana National Science and Math Quiz: Education through innovation

A Quiz Show that has become a cultural staple of commitment and excellence

© 2016 Javi Zamor / Dav Idega

Education is our civilization greatest asset, the main element that defines humanity, the key to our future. But sometimes, it is also a chore work, a terrible imposition of boredom that makes core concepts impossible to get through to our children's young minds, more used to the celerity that our “digital era” has brought upon us, that to the slow grinding the books require.

This has caused a desperate need to find new, innovative and interesting, ways to teach. New formulas for the academy and educational worlds in order to turn education into a fun, investing, and knowledge-profitable activity.

One of such innovative approaches to education is present through the Ghana National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ) the longest-running independent production on television in Ghana. The program uses the mass media, Television and Internet, to promote a quiz show that will produce massive interesting and fun educational material. The NSMQ programme is very popular with not only its main target group – Senior High School students – but also with parents and, especially, with former students (old boys and girls), who take great pride in the performance of their schools on this programme. Thus creating a sense of sportsmanship that pushes into the general public the idea of “pride through knowledge” or rather “pride in the knowledge” that their former education center has achieved through the performance of its students in the show.

Indeed, the Saturday 11a.m. slot on Ghana TV is synonymous with the NSMQ, as this has been the time slot for the programme since it first aired in 1994. Thus becoming a national reference of culture and education, as well as an incentive for professional commitment. This Ghana’s Quiz Show it's a successful way to create social interest in the complex, and much needed, field of mathematics. Innovative techniques such as the mass media approach to teaching mathematics presented in the NSQM, creates a positive reinforcement for young students to become familiar with core skills need in vital profession of the future, such as engineering, computing, physics, and other careers that are integral parts of the technological elite that will surely rule the future economy.

© 2016 Javi Zamor / Dav Idega

Knowledge for all

When the quiz started, it involved only 32 schools across the country, and these were divided into the Northern Sector and Southern Sector, with 16 schools per sector. Winners in both sectors were then brought to Accra for the national championship. This format was changed after some six years. Since then, schools drawn from all parts of Ghana meet in Accra to compete for the sought-after title. The competition, through the use of mass media -Television and Internet- promotes and produces interesting and fun educational material. Material that is key on spreading the cultural idea of improvement, excellence and commitment towards core values of the Quality Culture, such as the relentless pursuit of knowledge and the understanding that excellence comes through continuous improvement.

For its unquestionable commitment to the core concepts of the Quality Culture, such as the continuous improvement and continuous learning, for its remarkable positive effect it has on the future of Ghana and for the dedication shown by the organizers of the show to include as many schools and students possible, Business Initiative Directions wishes to grant the BID International Quality Award 2016 to the National Science and Math Quiz of Ghana.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.