BY ROSEMOND BOATENG ADDAI
PHOTOS BY GODFRED MANTEY
ST PETER’S Lutheran School at Madina Estate, Accra, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Schools (ELCS), has dedicated its first phase of the expansion project on Sunday to God.
The colourful ceremony was also to show appreciation and gratitude to the Almighty God for the success of the school and also to thank parents for their loyalty.
The new 30-classroom storey edifice and its ancillary facilities like the canteen and offices has given given the school a new look, which has beautified the community in which it is located.
Rt. Rev. Dr Paul Kofi Fynn, president of ELCS, in his sermon and key note address, appealed to the government not to interfere too much in education.
According to him, the government uses a very big percentage of its revenue on education, which, to him, could have beeen used to develop other sectors of the nation like roads, providing and hospitals, particularly in expanding facilities to make way for more beds in the wards, if certain measures are put in place.
He said individuals, churches and entrepreneurs should be made to handle education, with the government giving strong polices to support it.
“Government should bring up polices, systems regulations to regulate the schools and not physically be involved in education,” he said.
The Bishop advised parents to train children right from day one to know God, as failure to do so will have serious negative consequences for which parents could be blamed for their actions.
He added that some parents were unable to train their children because they themselves were not properly trained, hence they do not know how to go about training their own children.
Mr Kwadwo Gyamfi, Director of Schools and Projects, ELCS, in his address, expressed gratitude on behalf of the ELCS to the National Education Board (NEB) of ELCG, the clergy, members of ELCG, PSC and Ecobank Ghana Limited, who played significant roles in making the project successful.
He explained that with over 40 years of excellence in education, ELCS had trained over 52,000 children with quality education, which makes them exceptional from the other school.
He added that with technologically advanced system in the school, ECLS is the only school who has a mobile Application both for Android and iOS devices which makes it easy for parents and children to know the activities of the school.
Mr Gyamfi also pointed out that the School Management System gives every parent deep insight into their child’s education, allows teachers to deliver their very best and also keeps pupils on their toes when it comes to their performance.
Mr Alfred Sakyi, Head, Commercial Banking, Ecobank Ghana Limited, assured the school of the bank’s preparedness to assist it with both finances and education materials.
According to him, the bank believes in quality education and high standard of the school, so they will not hesitate to help them whenever they call on them.
He also expressed the joy in the value of using technology to serve customers better and in a modern way, a practice they see to be very evident in the way education is delivered at ELCS.
The event was graced by government officials, the clergy, chiefs, members of the St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and parents.