Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, has commended the AngloGold Ashanti School for the influence and contributions the school has made and continues to make in the lives of Ghanaians at home and abroad.
Speaking on her behalf at a durbar in Obuasi to mark the 60th anniversary of the Anglogold Ashanti School, Prof. Dickson said that the school has weathered many changes and challenges in the educational landscape, but still has the best standards in terms of standards Educational institutions at the pre-university level.
She said: “The significant contribution this school has made in educating young people about prominent figures who play various roles in the development of this country cannot be overlooked. The school really gave passports to those who were passing through in order to have a better future. ”
She took the opportunity to thank Anglogold Ashanti Ghana for their immense contribution to the educational development in Obuasi. She said Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology values the partnership with Anglogold Ashanti Ghana. She spearheaded AGA’s role in setting up the Knust Obuasi campus by making its facilities available for the school’s smooth start and by making financial contributions to the renovation work.
She encouraged the youth in Obuasi to take advantage of AngloGold Ashanti’s numerous training programs in her training center. She said this will enable them to acquire the skills needed to make them employable.
Senior Manager Sustainability, Anglogold Ashanti, Emmanuel Baidoo, also mentioned Anglogold Ashanti’s contributions to the country’s National Education Strategy Plan. He said that AGA continues to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. He said this is consistent with their precious purpose in leaving their communities with a sustainable future.
BASIC EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Mr Baidoo said Anglogold Ashanti introduced the basic education improvement program in the company’s application to improve the basic education certificate exam pass rate of schools in and around Obuasi. The program managed to supply schools with furniture, motorcycles for circuit supervisors and to organize capacity building for teachers and circuit supervisors in Obuasi.
“As the owner of the AGA school, Anglogold Ashanti will continue to support them as part of our long-term social investment strategy and build on their excellent academic achievements,” he added.
THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHOOL
Samuel Peter Atta-Cato, the school’s executive director, highlighted the major achievements of the school since its inception in 1960. He said the school was an active member of UNESCO between 1991 and 2010 and received many awards.
He also spoke about the school’s enviable academic performance in relation to the results of the basic education diploma exam. He said the school was named the best BECE school in the Ashanti region from 2018 to date.
He attributed the school’s successes over the years to the hard work of teachers and students, as well as strict adherence to professionalism and best practices.
THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL GOALS
Anis Haffar, a Ghanaian educator, teacher, columnist and author, mentioned 3 main goals of education that are set out in the new GES curriculum. As central goals of education, he named what can be achieved with education, services that can be provided to improve the lives of other people and how education can solve social problems.
He appealed to Anglogold Ashanti to build a senior high school to accommodate the students who will graduate from junior high school.
The Anglogold Ashanti School was founded in 1960 with 4 students in the Obuasi Sports Club. It was established to meet the educational needs of the children of expatriates on the mine. It Curr has 2,910 students.
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