H.E. Mr. Isaac Osei, Ghana's envoy to the United Kingdom has urged ethnic minority children in educational institutions to take their studies seriously.
He said the greatest gift they could give their parents was to excel in their chosen subjects.
Mr. Osei stressed the need for them to constantly remember that good education held the key for the elimination of poverty and the advancement of self and society.
High Commissioner Osei stated that as future leaders of their respective countries, it was incumbent on them “to listen and learn” in order not to be left behind in the fast technological advancement of world societies.
Mr. Isaac Osei made these remarks during interaction with students of the Dagenham Priority Comprehensive School Arts College in North London.
The college has an enrolment of 1069, out of which 43% is made up of children from ethnic minorities including many Ghanaians.
The visit was to reciprocate a courtesy call on him by officials of the school last year during which they shared ideas on issues relating to the development of useful partnership with schools in Ghana.
During the visit, High Commissioner Osei and his entourage sat in some of the class sessions. He also had the opportunity of inspecting work on a new multi complex building which would house the design and information technology centre of the school.
Speaking to the Ghanaian students, Mr. Osei urged them to continue to comport themselves well as worthy ambassadors of their country.
Said High Commissioner Osei: “Always remember that your country, Ghana needs you to provide leadership in the future and help in the accelerated development of your country. Therefore you must take advantage of the opportunities you now have to acquire knowledge and skills”.
Mr. John Torrie, Headmaster of the College told the High Commissioner that ethnic minority children had proved competitive and generally comported themselves well.
He thanked the High Commissioner for the visit and expressed the hope that the visit would open collaboration between the school and the Mission in some of its outreach programmes and later presented a photographic album on the visit to High Commissioner Osei.
Mrs. Elizabeth Boakye, a Home Economist Teacher of the school said the school had established a link with the Asanteman Secondary School in Kumasi and added that a number of books would soon be sent to Ghana for use by the students.
Mr. Osei thanked the school authorities for the invitation and added that the Mission looked forward to the development of partnership with schools in Ghana.
He presented a set of publications on Ghana for use in the school's library.