St. Catherine @ 10

One of the Catholic Girls’ Schools in the Volta Region of Ghana, St. Catherine Senior High School (SCASCO) Agbakope, in the Catholic diocese of Keta-Akatsi, founded by his Lordship, Most Rev Anthony Kwame Adanuty, Bishop Emeritus Of Keta-Akatsi Diocese recently  climaxed their 10th anniversary celebration under the theme: “Educating the Girl Child: an Asset to Nation Building”.


Headmistress St. Catherine Senior High School

Formation of the school

The birth of SCASCO has come after a long period of gestation, which at times looked like the prelude to miscarriage. The need for SHS for girls was pointed out in a baseline survey in June 1997 in the newly created diocese Keta-Akatsi, although the school was a genuinely felt need, the fact that it was not the only one identified at the time, but most especially the unavoidable high financial component in such a venture delayed its realization. Currently the school has enrolled 1000 students from far and near across the country.

The celebration which took place on Saturday, 19th October, 2019 was witnessed by his Lordships Most Rev. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, SVD bishop of Keta Akatsi, Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Anthony Kwame Adanuty, Togbe Adzomani VI chief of Agbakope, dignitaries, parents, past and present students of St. Catherine senior high school, teachers and well-wishers.

His Lordship Gabriel Edoe Kumordji bishop of Keta-Akatsi in a speech addressed teachers and students and urged them to strive to win.

The chairperson for the occasion, Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashi aspiring NDC parliamentary candidate for Ketu- South advised the girls to honour their parents, follow the laws of God, and be responsible for their actions and inactions in life. She entreated them to make right choices and bear in mind that whatever they choose today will be their outcome in the future.

The guest speaker, Mrs. Benedicta Tenni Seidu, Director of Girl Child Education gave the keynote address; she emphasized on girl child education and stated that the delivery of quality education to girls is a collective responsibility which each and every one has to take on without any reservation. She went further to say, the government is responsible for the provision of educational infrastructure and adequate teaching and learning resources. “Teachers who are recruited and paid by the government are expected to teach the children and help with their intellectual growth. Again GES expects every schools environment safe and clean from all forms of violence and abuse. Girls are mostly vulnerable when dealing with educational needs. Any teacher found exhibiting such behaviors will be dealt with in accordance of the code of conduct by the GES”, she added.

The headmistress of St. Catherine Senior High School Mad. Hellen Abla Avevor, present) conveyed her heartfelt gratitude to Most Rev. Bishop Emeritus Anthony Kwame Adanuty for his big vision of a girl boarding senior high school in Keta-Akatsi diocese. She also gave her report on the achievements and needs of the school.

Challenges

Some of the challenges the school is battling with are water crisis, an uncompleted fence wall, infrastructural development and a duty post vehicle. They are therefore appealing to the public to come to their aid in order to solve these issues.

Awards were presented to Most Rev. Emeritus Anthony Kwame Adanuty, the founder of St. Catherine SHS and The Deserving Hard Working Students.

“There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman” Angelina Jolie.

 

By Theresa Kpordzo

DEPSOCOM NEWS, ACCRA