Ghanaian envoy says education can aid progress in life
March 7, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Ghanaian Professionals Association in Sierra Leone Friday (4 March) donated 1,500 mathematical sets and 3,000 copies of exercise books to pupils of selected secondary schools in Freetown.
The donation to the Wilberforce Municipal Junior secondary school, United Muslim Association Junior secondary school, Murray Town Army Junior secondary school and the Aberdeen Municipal Junior secondary school was part of celebrations to mark the 59th Independence anniversary of Ghana on 6 March, 2016.
Making a short statement during the donation, Ghana High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Rtd. Major-General Carl S. Modey admonished the beneficiaries to make good use of the books by performing well in their exams as according to him, education was the only tool that could lead aid their progress in life.
He said the donation was appropriate because it is in line with the theme for the country’s independence celebration which is: “Investing in the Youth for Ghana’s Transformation.”
“Let me urge you, beneficiaries, to continue to do well in school. Education is the only thing that can lead to progress in life. We believe in investing in the youth in order for them to be responsible citizens,” he said.
H.E. Rtd. Major-General Modey commended GHAPSIL for their initiative and emphasised the good relationship that exists between Ghana and Sierra Leone at both bilateral and regional levels, especially within the framework of the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS).
Also, president of GHAPSIL, Mark Kwaku Mintah stated that the donation was meant to complement the government’s post-Ebola efforts of promoting and delivering quality education in the country.
“It is expected that this donation will go a long way to help students improve their competence in Mathematics and Science. We consider education as the bedrock to the development of the human resource base of any country for economic growth and development,” he said.
According to him, GHAPSIL, among other things, seeks to promote and foster good friendship between the two West African nations and that the donation was their contribution to a society where they earn their living.
Mr. Mintah added that GHAPSIL focus was on education for this year’s independence anniversary celebration because of the rather negative impact of the Ebola epidemic on the education sector during the 2014/2015 academic year.