A private Nursery, Primary and Junior High School, Creator Schools, last week Friday celebrated its annual Independence Day celebrations dubbed, “Ghana Day” on the school's premises at Community Four in Tema.
The celebration, which saw the student body dressed in the various traditional attires, reciting traditional poems in the various local languages, and also dancing the traditional songs, was quite a colorful and memorable one.
The students also exhibited various traditional foods such as fufu and ebunu ebunu soup, red-red and koo ko, banku and okro stew, akple and ayoyo, among others.
There was also an arts and crafts exhibition, where the students were given the opportunity to exhibit their talents. Pictures of the various heads of the country since independence were also displayed.
Speaking at the occasion, WO1 Robert Nicholas Kumah of the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG), disclosed that the most important ingredient in the success of a person, was sacrifice, saying, “There is nothing you cannot practice, as long as you have the heart to sacrifice for it.”
He urged the students to be patriotic, and always make sure that they had up to date information about their country.
According to WO1 Kumah, the success of the Ghana Army was their discipline in all their undertakings, which has made their duties so demanding, as you always find them going on peace-keeping assignments all over Africa.
He continued to advise the students to avoid bad company and resist peer pressure, in order for them to grow up and become useful and responsible citizens in the country.
He also hinted that there was no shortcut to education, and so cultivating the system of examination malpractices would take them nowhere, but only into trouble.
Speaking in an interview with the paper, the Proprietress of the school, Pastor Mrs. Comfort Adjarko Chemphe, stated that the theme of the occasion, “Developing Ghana, My Responsibility,” spelt out the idea behind the celebration as creating awareness for the children to love Ghana, and realise the path to take in developing the country.
She continued that the rational behind instituting the 'Ghana Day' in the school, was to interpret education and tradition, in order to impact the spirit of patriotism and nationalism into the children, for them to grow and love their country and aim at developing Ghana.
The Proprietress also called on all schools in the country, to put up science laboratories among others, since the new syllabi emphasised on practicals, adding that more vocational and training schools should be put up by the government, to vigorously assist the students in their training.
She condemned some traditional practices like the widowhood rites, the trokosi system, and most importantly, stressed that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) should be abolished, judging from its effects on its victims.
Pastor Mrs. Adjarko Chemphe advised the youth to make dedication and hard work their focus, and go to the extreme in achieving their goals, instead of cooking up ways of getting money quickly in life.
She also advised all Ghanaians not to depend on government for all their needs, since dependency on the government would take them nowhere, but they must learn to be creative and not only aim at white colour jobs.