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23.07.2005 Regional News

Akwatia Church of Christ Schools get computer centre


Akwatia, July 23, GNA - A Computer Training Centre for the Akwatia Church of Christ Preparatory and Junior Secondary Schools has been inaugurated. The Centre, West Oakland Computer Training Centre was built and equipped with financial assistance from the Church of Christ in Oakland in the United States.

Two African-Americans representing the Oakland Church, Brother Dr Ammar Saheli and Brother Dwight Gray were in Akwatia for the inauguration.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Saheli said, he and his Christian brothers and sisters in Oakland were privileged and honoured to assist the school to set up a centre, which will develop the talents of the children to help in the advancement of the country. He said the church in America would give further help to develop the school into a first-class one.

Dr Saheli described his visit to Ghana as a "chance of a lifetime" and " a dream come true", for he had since his infancy dreamt of returning to his roots in Africa, which had now become a reality. He said he was happy to have come to Africa to learn at first hand the "absolute reality", not what he had read from books or seen on television.

Mr Victor Boadu, Senior Research Officer of the Health Research Unit of the Ghana Health Service and Guest Speaker for the occasion noted that, knowledge in computing was a pre-requisite in the modern world, without which, one may find it difficult to get a good job. He said the world of the computer age had become a global village and it was a great pride that the school in a rural setting had been able to set up a computer centre, which would make it possible for children to become computer literate.

The Reverend Minister in-charge of the Church, Evangelist Joseph Osei Brentuo asked the children to embrace the opportunity offered them with the opening of the centre to learn hard and appealed to the teachers to ensure that the computers were taken good care of. He spoke of plans of the school to expand to the senior secondary school level and appealed to the Akwatia Traditional Authority for land for the expansion.

Bafour Asare Amankwaa III, Krontihene of Akwatia, who chaired the function on behalf of the Akwatiahene, Osabarima Kofi Boateng III, said the traditional authority was prepared to release land to the school for future expansion and development.

Meanwhile, the church is building a 12-classroom storey building for the school.