Zion Senior High Launches Diamond Jubilee Anniversary
The Zion Senior High School (ZICO) at Anloga in the Volta Region has launched its diamond jubilee celebration with a commitment to expand the frontiers of secondary education in the region.
Launching the anniversary in Accra, Mr Cornelius Dzakpasu, a former Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the guest speaker for the launch, said ZICO had produced illustrious sons and daughters who had contributed tremendously to the manpower base, the development and progress of the nation.
He said in spite of the school’s current challenges, which to him were surmountable with the support of old students coupled with the building of strategic partnerships with government and other stakeholders, “this is the year to celebrate our achievements”.
Zion College, which started with 37 students now has a population of 1, 463 students.
Mr Dzakpasu, who is an old boy of the school, urged the leadership of the school and the alumni to kick start preparations towards celebrating the school’s centenary which is 25 years from now, urging all to make some contribution every year towards 2037.
The effort, he observed, needed a well calculated, meticulous and innovative approach to source funding to meet the needs of the school.
He asked the current crop of students to prepare to take up leadership positions in future, advising them to identify people who could serve as role models in shaping, mentoring and directing their lives.
The theme for the Diamond Jubilee slated from the September 22 to 30, 2012, is “75 years of human resource development in the service of humanity and the way forward.”
Founded in 1937, as the New Africa University College (NAFRICO) by the Rev Dr Ferdinand Kwasi Fiawoo, the school is recognised as the oldest second cycle institution in the Volta Region.
A former First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Ghana Refugee Board, Mr Ken Dzirasah, also an old boy, who chaired the function, said 75 years in the annals of the school were significant.
He challenged the alumni to show greater concern and effectively respond to the call to put their shoulders to the wheel of the prosperity and progress of their alma mater.
The chairman said the alumni had a responsibility to contribute to the training and development of the school.
He, therefore, urged them to let their commitment go beyond reminiscing fond thoughts of the training they received from the school and get focused on not only imparting their knowledge but affecting the total development of mankind.
“The vision of our forefathers has been targeted at building a citadel of higher education that will churn out excellent products to fit into all spheres of human endeavour. Another part of the vision is to turn out disciplined, well focused, purposeful and result oriented individuals to play key leadership roles at various levels of national life,” he said.
“As we deliberate the milestone of 75 years, let us reflect on where we came from, where we are now and what the future holds for us,” he added.
The Chairman of the anniversary planning committee, Mr Marshall Kemevor, observed the involvement of the old students association in the development of the school and praised the year groups which have been active.
He urged others to be committed to the activities of the association and called on all to ensure a successful anniversary celebration.
The Headmaster, Mr Theophilus Asravor, outlined some challenges of the school such as inadequate staff bungalows; lack of spacious boys’ dormitory and assembly hall complex with dining facilities and a modern library; as well as the encroachment on the school’s land resulting in the obstruction of its development agenda. He appealed to all stakeholders to assist the school.
The Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES),Mr Charles Aheto Tsegah, said despite the challenges, ZICO still stood tall by producing great personalities playing major roles in the affairs of the nation.
He noted the commitment of GES towards turning out quality students through sound education, good character formation and discipline who become responsible citizens. He pledged the support of his outfit to provide the school with a computer laboratory and internet facilities.
A business man and President of the Volta Foundation, Dumega Raymond Okudzeto, an old boy, who launched an appeal for funds, donated GH¢2,000.00 towards the anniversary.