Ghana’s 65th Anniversary; Working Together, Bouncing Back Better
March 6, 2022
The Ningo- Prampram District has commemorated Ghana’s independence with a March past at the st. Joseph Anglican School Park.
The Abia D/A basic school was adjudged the best performer in the basic school category. The second position was taken by Mangotsonya D/A and was followed by Prampram 2 D/A basic B. And for the Senior High school category; Afienya Youth Leadership Training Center won the first position followed by Prampram Community Development and Vocational Institute while Ningo Secondary /Technical Senior High took the third position. There were thirty-two (32) contingents at the parade, representing various schools in the district from basic, Junior, senior secondary schools and the cardet corps.
This March past is in remembrance of the toils of our forefathers, when Ghana attianed true independence on the 6th of March 1957. Therefore the day is marked as a memorable day on the calendar when freedom was gained from our colonial master.
On this Commemoration day, the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) the District Education Directorate, the security services, religious bodies and other dignitaries, jointly, marked the day on the theme: Working Together, Bouncing Back Better.
Speaking at the independence anniversary parade, the District Chief Executive for Ningo Prampram District Assembly, NiPDA, Hon AL-Latiff Tetteh Amanor elaborated extensively on the theme “Working Together, Bouncing Back Better”- and how it can be utilized for nation development. He stated that working together simply means to join force to build a formidable nation. As the adage goes “wolves have always hunted together because collectively they are more successful in hunting for their prey”.
Therefore, working together should be a shared responsibility for the citizens. He entreated all to learn and practice the power of teamwork in our various offices, schools, churches, mosques and our areas of work.
“Talent wins game, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” He urge all the instructors, students and public servants to work assiduously as a team to achieve more laurels for our communities, districts and nation as whole; for who much is given, much is expected, he added.
Also, he conceded that the program can not be complete without mentioning covid-19, though it is not a pleasant topic to be discussed. He noted that it has been exactly two years the world was plagued with this deadly virus. Indeed, it has been a global pandemic, where numerous lives were lost, causing so much destruction on our economy.
He recounted that due to this pandemic, the 64th Independence Day celebration was not held. Everything came to a halt and standstill. The country has since faced challenges; economically, politically, socially as well globally.
In his final remarks, the DCE encouraged all to put aside all differences, be it political, social or religious and work together as a team supporting each other where necessary and serve in our best capacity.
The Ningo-Prampram District Director of Education, Mrs. Sarah Adibrosu recalled the struggles our forefathers embarked upon to attain independence for our individual and collective freedom. The fight that has made it possible for the present generation to develop in freedom. It is now our turn to build upon those, as past glories, and recover from covid 19 pandemic as indicated in the theme for the celebration; “Working Together, Bouncing Back Better”. “On a day such as this, it is important we reflect on the future of our dear nation for that matter our district: and education is a major tool that can help develop and shape our society positively.
She disclosed that the government of Ghana as initiated some key reforms to transform teaching and learning and to improve educational outcomes under the Educational Strategic Plan (ESP) 2018 to 2030. These reforms are expected to contribute to the goals of the ESP and the Sustainable Development Goal leading to improvement on learning outcomes especially at the pre-tertiary levels. The three main priorities of education reforms include; improved learning outcomes, enhanced accountability equity at all level of education sector.
Currently, the primary school started with the standard based curriculum and the JHS has also begun the Common Core Programme (CCP) geared towards six core competences which are critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, collaboration, cultural identity and global citizenship, creativity and innovation, digital literacy leadership and development”.
She charged parents to remember they have a role to play in securing a better future for their wards. Parental responsibility is key to proper child development. She noted some of the common parental neglects of the parents. “Some of our children go to school on empty stomach and irregular attendance to school” she indicated. The absenteeism is prevalent among the JHS student especially after BECE registration. Sometimes, some of the pupils are engaged in child labor such as fishing, farming and okada riding. Some loiter about as though they were without homes.
She admitted that some parents have enormous workload making it difficult to give wards appropriate care. “But what will it profit, if our children do not tow the right path”? She enquired! “Yes, education is free but we need to support our children by providing their basic needs” such as food, school materials and parental care.
She therefor added; “the government cannot do it alone; she called on the stakeholders to own the schools in our communities. Most of our schools are in deplorable state. The rain storm has ripped of roofs of some of the school buildings. Most of the schools do not have decent toilet facilities”. she called on all stakeholders to support the schools.
The parade commander for the 65th Independence anniversary in Ningo-Prampram in the person of cadet Evans Martey. The brigade was the Ebenezer Methodist Brigade.