The Ghana senior high school (GHANASS), Koforidua has launched the celebration of its eightieth anniversary at the Amegashie auditorium, University of Ghana.
The Saturday December 10 event represents the second stage launch of the anniversary this year as part of a build up to the climax in 2023.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Kwabena Baah-Duodu reaffirmed the greatness of the school over the years as he opined that ‘greatness is never given but rather earned’.
The lecturer of Diplomatic Communications and Ghana’s Foreign Policy Theory and Practice at the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD, UG) called on both alumni and students of the school to strengthen the spirit of togetherness.
“Today, we stand side by side with the spirit of GHANASS. The time has come, the world should see us together as we move to celebrate this anniversary. As we launch our 80th anniversary this year, we must use every activity to reflect on the theme, ’80 years of trailblazing holistic senior high school education, contribution of stakeholders. Indeed we set the pace in every aspect of life as beacons,” he said.
Ambassador Kwabena Baah-Duodu has had a distinguished career in the Ghana Foreign Service, where he served in various capacities both at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Accra and its missions abroad.
Among others top-jobs, he was appointed by the United Nations as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from April 6, 2009 to February 28, 2011.
According to him, the celebration forms part of plans to mobilise funds to complete stalled projects in the school.
Global president of GHANASS, Emmanuel Opoku Sarkodie seized the opportunity to appeal for funds from members of the association to finish up uncompleted projects in the school.
“We are raising funds to support the building a multipurpose hall that will be used by the students. We are also thinking of refurbishing the ICT lab and other minor projects. We are appealing to our members all over the world to come together so we support the association and GHANASS. We don’t have to let things loose. We need to come together and build a stronger GHANASS,” he stated.
Headmistress of the school and Queen mother of Kordiabe, Nana Naki Otutuabo II revealed that a 12-unit-dormitory block was being constructed but it is currently stalled with a need to build at least a 4000-seater assembly hall.
She added that more students will be admitted should some of these facilities are completed.
Story: Eli Djomekou | univers.ug.edu.gh