GHANA INTERNATIONAL School (GIS), a multi racial educational centre in Accra, has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASE).
The move would now add GIS to over 600 schools worldwide which have attained recognition by the National Association of Independent Schools in the United States of America.
Speaking at a ceremony for the accreditation, the Principal of GIS, Mrs. Diana Nyatepe-Coo, said the process was to encourage the school's improvement and foster excellence through an on-going self study and peer review.
Mrs. Nyatepe-Coo noted that the process would now set a benchmark for the school against other international standards for providing higher quality education.
She said the process, which took four years, brought together international educational experts who evaluated the school against prescribed standards in terms of its philosophy, objectives, curriculum, governance and management.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Kwame Pianim, said the school deemed it fit to undergo such a process to acquire a unique international status in the face of many educational institutions in the country claiming to be of international stature.
Mr. Pianim said the new status of GIS would now set the tone for other schools to follow in the country, adding that the accreditation was not a tag but rather required hard work to attain.
He said by going through such a process, GIS could serve as a centre of excellence in the country where other schools could study from, and that it was important for educational policy makers in the country to take cognizance of other international standards to help achieve uniformity.
The Ghana International School was founded in September 1955 by renowned Ghanaian educationists, expatriates and businessmen to provide primary and secondary education for children of all races and creeds.
By going through such process, GIS is the first school in the country to achieve such an enviable feat, and thus maintain its leadership role in the provision of quality education in Ghana. By Abubakar Salifu