Catholic Education Week launched in Cape Coast

The  Catholic  Education Week  celebration in the Cape Coast metropolis  has been launched  at the Amanful Saint Joseph Catholic Church   in Cape Coast, with a call on  students to take their academic work seriously to enable them grow up to become responsible citizens.

Reverend Father Samuel Asantey, the priest in charge of the church who launched the week on Sunday, pointed out that the Catholic Church identifies education as an appropriate means to develop a person holistically, hence the establishment of mission schools throughout the country.

This year’s celebration, being under the theme, “Catholic education: a  formation for good stewardship,” is in honour of all gallant teachers who retired from the Ghana Education Service  in 2014, and especially  General Managers of Catholic Education Units.

Rev. Asantey indicated that Catholic education was based on gospel values,  and that this year the church was focusing on the value of stewardship, adding that “God created us to love and serve, and the quality of our stewardship will depend on the type of education we receive.”

He said credible teachers were needed to provide the holistic and quality education, which would equip students to be competent for the job market,  and therefore urged teachers be professional and give of their best.

In addition, he urged parents to take care of the educational needs of their children, by paying their fees and providing them with their basic needs.

Giving statistics on Catholic Schools in the country, Rev. Asantey said there were 1,533 kindergartens, 1,836 primary schools, 1,000 JHS, 59 senior high schools, 58 vocational/technical institutes, 10  colleges of education and  nine tertiary institutions.

Programmes lined-up for the celebration  from January 25 to February 1, include a route march  through  the principal streets of Cape Coast , guidance and counseling sessions, singing competition,  games, a  durbar to climax the celebration  and a thanksgiving  service.

Catholic Education Week is celebrated annually in honour of St Thomas Aquinas, the patron Saint of school.

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