Fritz Baffour joins Bagbin Campaign Team

Accra, Mr Fritz Baffour, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma South, has endorsed the candidature of Mr Alban Bagbin for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate position, describing him as the best.

He said his choice of Mr Bagbin was not based on any malice towards anyone but that he was a good man who deeply cared about the development of the country.

All the contestants for the NDC flagbearer position are people I know and have respect for. But this is a democratic dispensation and a process, so I have come out to support Alban Bagbin, he said.

Mr Baffour made the comment when he was introduced at a press conference in Accra as the new Director of Campaign and Communication for the ASK Bagbin Campaign team.

Mr Fritz Baffour, a journalist and communications consultant, brings on board his vast experience as a media expert and communication specialist.

He called for clean political campaign among the various NDC flagbearer aspirants devoid of insults.

He said as a committed member of the Party, who believed in the ideals of the Party, likewise Mr Bagbin also upheld its values.

Mr Baffour, also a former Minister for Information, urged the flagbearer aspirants to avoid adversarial politics and rather focus on messages that would bring hope to the rank and file of the Party.

The NDC is a Party that stands for probity, accountability, integrity and justice for all and the person to lead that Party is Alban Bagbin, he said.

Mr Bagbin, on his part, expressed delight that Mr Baffour was joining their campaign team.

He said the Team Bagbin Campaign was trying to change the NDC to focus on its principles and values, describing Mr Baffour as a wise counsellor, matured, disciplined and focus.

He debunked claims by a section of the media that members of his campaign team were defecting to the camp of former President John Mahama.

He said his team had made it clear that it would not engage in any politics of insults but would be decent and focus on the core values and principles of the NDC.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Continue to blaze the trail for holistic education’

Accra- The Patron of St. Augustine’s College, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, has challenged the St. Augustine’s Past Students Union (APSU) to continue to blaze the trail for the continuous development of the College.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, who is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, said this when he received members of the APSU Executive Council, Central Regional leadership, and the Headmaster of the College.

The team was at the Archdiocesan Secretariat to pay a courtesy call on the Metropolitan Archbishop and the College Patron, following his appointment.

Dr Ernest Anthony Osei, the President of APSU, who led the delegation, welcomed the new Patron and outlined some interventions the Union had undertaken to ensure effective provision of quality education for students.

Dr Osei, who is currently the Chairman for the College Board of Governors, informed the Patron about the displeasure of past students who, after making huge sacrifices into the development of their alma mata, were unable to secure admission for their wards.

The APSU President commended Archbishop Mathias Kobina Nketsiah, the immediate past Patron, for his immense support to APSU during his tenure.

Mr Joseph Connel, the Headmaster, briefed Archbishop Palmer-Buckle on the current situation in the College, especially the challenges it was facing and steps being taken to address them.

The meeting took the opportunity to discuss other matters of interest, including preparations towards the upcoming 89th Speech and Prize Giving Day, 90th College Anniversary Celebrations and its strategic direction into the future.

Archbishop Emeritus Nketsiah, on his part, applauded APSU for the huge investment it made into the College during his tenure.

He said he was even more excited with the efforts of APSU, which culminated in the publication and launch of the College Reference Book, a project he viewed as an icing on the cake.

The Archbishop Palmer-Buckle expressed gratitude to the delegation for the visit and applauded the efforts of APSU over the years.

He said he had been keenly following with interest the strides of the College and pledged his commitment towards its continuous development.

He expressed the hope that workable solutions would soon be found to the challenges the College was facing.

Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle was hopeful that being the first Catholic Secondary School, St. Augustine’s College, together with APSU, would step up their efforts to spearhead the delivery of quality holistic education, which could be replicated in other Catholic senior high schools in the country.

Present at the meeting included Bernard Yaw Atta-Sonno, APSU Vice-

President, Eric Atta-Sonno APSU Secretary, Robert Oracca-Tetteh, APSU Organising Secretary, and George Asare Afriyie, Assistant Organising Secretary.

Others were Dr Lawrence Honny, the Member of the APSU National Council, and Dr Eugene Dartey, Vice-Chairman of the APSU Central Regional Branch.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Obuasi Youth acquire employable skills to improve livelihood

Obuasi (Ash)- One hundred youth in the Obuasi Municipality of the Ashanti Region have received employable skills training to help empower them to earn a decent living.

The Mama Love Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), sponsored the training free of charge to the 78 girls and 22 boys at its vocational and technical training centre in the Municipality.

The Reverend Love Konadu, the Founder, told the Ghana News Agency at Obuasi, that the beneficiaries were taught sewing, bakery, welding and fabrication, hairdressing, driving and bead-making.

This was on the side-lines of the commemoration of this year’s International Day of the Girl-Child, held under the theme: A Skilled Girl Force to Ensure Decent Job Employment.

The Day largely focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls encountered, and to also, promote their empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Obuasi, a mining community, has over the years had to grapple with high incidence of sexually-transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, school drop-outs and other development challenges, especially amongst the youth.

Rev Konadu said the ‘Devil finds job for idle hands’, and for this reason, her NGO has taken it upon itself to build the capacity of the youth in order to overcome emerging difficulties in their lives.

She called for the stringent enforcement of the law as related to abuse of the girl-child, saying offenders must not be spared whatsoever.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Pay more attention to the teaching of Social Studies – Prof Kankam Boadu

Cape Coast� Professor Kankam Boadu, a Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has called for more attention to be paid to ensure the effective teaching of Social studies in schools.

He said the subject remained the most appropriate tool for promoting national integration and nation building.

Social Studies serves as a tool for effective Citizenship Education. In Social Studies, children are taught moral values, norms, customs and beliefs, which help the individual to fit well into the society,

Hence, becoming responsible citizens who will contribute meaningfully to national development by exhibiting desirable attitudes such as honesty and hard work, he stated.

Speaking on the topic: Teach the Untaught: Perspectives of Social Studies Education in Ghana as his inaugural lecture, Prof Boadu expressed the need to maintain Social Studies as a unique discipline to which no individual subject could replace.

He maintained that the role of social studies education could not be overemphasised as it provided relevant information and knowledge, which aided students to grow to be active, responsible and reflective members of society.

According to him, the idea of replacing Social Studies was creating unnecessary panic, fear and frustration amongst many professional teachers and students whose economic livelihood and academic identification depended on the subject.

What has social studies failed to do in terms of achieving developmental goals in this country for it to be replaced by another subject? The untaught must be taught and that is the duty of social studies he stressed.

Prof Kankam Boadu said Social studies was an integrated area of study that draws subject matter from various disciplines and promotes civic competence with the change needed for persons to appreciate culture and civic issues.

If you want to change people to appreciate culture and civic issues, then social studies cannot be over emphasised

He said Social Studies as a subject brings ideas, generalization, theories and principles from the social sciences and other related disciplines with the view of solving problems and or describing phenomena; that is the beauty of social studies.

Prof Kankam Boadu underscored that the relevance associated with Social Studies Education had created the platform for the subject to become one of the core subjects in the educational system of Ghana but the untaught tends to have unfavourable attitude towards its inclusion.

In this regard, he emphasised that the untaught of Social Studies must disabuse their minds of the misconceptions that the subject was not so relevant to merit an inclusion into the country’s educational curriculum.

Prof Knkam Boadu made a strong case for the country’s educational curriculum to be integrated and designed in a way that would focus on problems and issues that were connected with real life situation.

He added that learning is more effective when facts and principles from one field are related to another, especially, when applying knowledge.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Supporting girls is critical for national development

Takoradi, Mrs Josephine Amoh, a child activist has called on parents, teachers and community leaders to consider the educational and social development of the girl child as a critical factor of ending poverty and achieving the SDGs.

She stressed the need for women empowerment particularly the young and upcoming girl child since the kitchen was no longer the place for women alone, noting that with the right support and encouragement the girl child could climb higher on the academic and social ladder and better contribute to family needs.

Mrs Amoh told the Ghana News Agency that parents and society must no longer tolerate evils against the girl child in the form of sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy and neglect adding,” It is time parents and community leaders stopped matters relating to these malpractices against the girl child.

She advocated that more stringent plans and programmes be put in place to protect the girl child and provided them with their needs.

“Women are going places these days, we have women lawyers, journalists, politicians and governors and parents and stakeholders must dream of having more women in influential positions”, she added.

Mrs Amoh also a former Regional Director for the Department of Children said education was the only developmental tool to change the fortunes of all sexes especially the woman since most social activities revolved around her.

“It is only necessary that men become conscious of this and rather lend a helping hand to the training and development of the girl Child whom they relied on to manage their homes and children… Without formal education these purposes could not be achieved “.

Source: Ghana News Agency