Lambert Coffie & Daniel Orlando|Voltaonlinegh.com|
A grand durbar to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) Senior High School in Ho was held on Saturday, February 3, with Mrs. Samira Bawumia, Wife of the Vice President of Ghana, as the guest of honour.
The event, brought together numerous alumnae and other stakeholders of the all-girls Catholic second-cycle institution to celebrate seven decades of holistic Catholic education, under the theme ‘Reminiscing 70 Years of Holistic Catholic Education: The Role of Stakeholders in Embracing Technology and Entrepreneurship for the Future.’
Speaking on the theme, the Second Lady remarked, “Digitalization is aiding the nation in finding better solutions to governance and societal challenges. Through digitization, we gain access to new and more efficient methods of operation. Ghana’s digital agenda, spearheaded by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has profoundly transformed our economy and governance, making significant strides toward efficiency and transparency.” Mrs. Bawumia emphasised that the ongoing digital revolution offers young people the opportunity to engage in entrepreneurship and development.
She further expressed her excitement for joining the School’s 70 years of pure academic excellence and impact on the human capital of our dear nation. She assured the authorities, the past students and the current students that, she will continue to partner with the Past OLA Girls Association in whatever capacity she can and that of the government, to foster more progress in the area of Technology and Entrepreneurship in the School for our young future leaders ,especially the girl- child.
The Catholic Diocese of Ho and the Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu S.V.D., echoed the call to action, urging stakeholders in the educational sector to prioritize addressing the school’s infrastructural deficit. Bishop Fianu underscored the remarkable journey of OLA since its establishment in 1954 by Bishop Anthony Konings SMA, highlighting its steadfast commitment to supporting girl child education regardless of religious or cultural backgrounds.
“It is believed that every student who passes through the walls of OLA becomes a gift to herself, a gift to the church, the body of Christ, and a gift to nations and humanity,” remarked Bishop Fianu.
The Bishop also used the opportunity to advocate for a clearer partnership arrangement between the church and the government in promoting holistic Catholic education. He emphasised the necessity for the handover of mission schools to their original administrators, citing potential managerial issues and the erosion of the rights of Catholic Education units.
Bishop Fianu underscored the importance of the participation and involvement of the church in the management and supervision of these schools. This involvement, he contended, ensures the delivery of quality education and discipline that religious entities are known for. He stressed that this partnership should guarantee the church’s involvement and consultation on all policy changes and directions in the educational sector.
Ms. Benedicta Agbezudor, the Headmistress of OLA, underscored the school’s growth and achievements despite infrastructural challenges. She highlighted the institution’s dedication to nurturing and educating girls, empowering them to become virtuous women and contributors to national development. Madam Agbezudor also appealed to the government for support with additional classroom blocks, school buses, and the recruitment of more teachers to accommodate the large student population.
As part of the platinum anniversary celebrations, the Past OLA Girls Association took a proactive step by breaking ground for the construction of a 700-unit Legacy Dormitory project. The initiative aims to alleviate the accommodation challenges faced by the school, which has grown from its humble beginnings of just 35 students to now accommodating over 4,000 students.
OLA Senior High School’s rich history of producing professionals across various industries, including entrepreneurship, government, marine and aviation, health, academia, and diplomatic missions, was also celebrated.
The school’s recent victory in the 2023 Edition of the National Cyber Security Challenge further showcased its commitment to excellence beyond traditional academic pursuits.
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