THE M. A. Bediako Adventist Preparatory School (APS) at Amakom in Kumasi has held a graduation ceremony for 157 pupils, comprising 81 boys and 76 girls.
The ceremony was to officially usher them into the hands of educators at the Junior High School (JHS) for the pupils to begin the last phase of their basic education.
The 9th Graduation and Prize Giving Day of the school, this time, was on the theme: “Empowering the Youth to Protect Our Environment”.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Charles Amanfi Boahen speaking in interview after the ceremony said the teaching staff of 65 had been working to positively control the 980 pupil population.
He said availability of good writing and reading materials, library , ICT Centre, mechanised borehole, and good feeding ready to enhance learning experience. He was looking forward for the graduating class to remain focused and study to the task as they proceed to the JHS level.
Empowering the youth for the Environment
A Senior lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University, Dr. Rebecca Osei Nkwantabisa noted that the issue of sanitation has become both national and global concern and there was the need to inculcate good environmental practices in the youth, including school children.
She said as Primary Six pupils annually make a transition to the JHS, it becomes necessary to empower them on how to bath well, effective hand-washing, drinking potable water, avoid littering and indiscriminate dumping of refuse, among others.
She said such empowerment could be done by providing them with the necessary equipment and materials to use for environmental practices, through knowledge by helping them to assess the relationship between environment and health.
She however, suggested to the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education to factor youth empowerment for protecting the environment into the curriculum or the syllabus at the basic school so as to help the school children to catch up with the practice.
SDA Education Unit for effective monitoring
The Ashanti Regional Manager of SDA Education Unit, Mr Charles Ankrah, affirmed the policy of providing holistic education from the basic through second cycle to the tertiary for the proper transformation of pupils and students.
He was of the view that teachers would need to exhibit good behaviour so as to positively impact on school children, saying that being shepherds for children at school for a worthy cause was a greater ministry the Lord cherished.
He therefore assured that the unit would intensify its monitoring services on schools within its confines to ensure the right things were done so as to help prepare schoolchildren for a solid future education life.
Ms. Kyei Bruwaa emerged the Overall Best Pupil during the Prize Giving Day.