Aspire to highest academic ladder …former Pres Kufuor to Brain Birds Academy

The former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged pupils of school age to take advantage of the country’s educational opportunities and aspire to the highest academic ladder.

That, he explained was the only way they could effectively contrib­ute their quota to the socio-eco­nomic development of the country.

According to the former Pres­ident, education had no barrier as such pupils had the option to choose between Technical Vo­cational Education and Training (TVET), the humanities and other aspects that would create opportu­nities for them to meet their men­tors who could easily transform their lives.

Mr Kufuor made this remarks when pupils of Brain Birds Acade­my in Accra paid him a curtesy call at his official residence at Peduase in the Eastern Region on Monday.

The visit, which sought to afford the pupils aged between 9 to 13 years, the opportunity to meet the former president, formed part of the schools curricula to assist the pupils interact with prominent Ghanaians who had sacrificed and contributed to the growth and development of the country.

The pupils led by the proprietor of the school, Mrs Ellen Nti, pre­sented a citation, a portrait of the former president and also recited poems in Twi, French, English, Ga eulogising the pivotal roles he played in transforming the country to its current level during his ten­ure as President.

The pupils also used the op­portunity to ask questions includ­ing his motivation to become a president, his achievements and failures, his role models and fond childhood memories.

The former President indicated that to become somebody, one must first have dream, take inspi­ration from parents and teachers, go through the various educa­tional ladders in order to network because the calibre of people you meet along the way could either make or unmake your life adding “my meeting Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia greatly inspired and transformed my life to become a politician.”

He indicated that the first four years of his tenure were the great­est challenges in his life, because getting a crack team to form a government and the technocrats to share in your vision was no mean a task, but with the right team he managed to surmount the hurdle and was given another chance.

On achievements, the former President indicated that the Univer­sal Compulsory Basic Education and the National Health Insurance Policy, creating a congenial atmo­sphere for free speech that created the opportunity for the peace the country enjoyed enabled everyone to go about their duties for the socio-economic transformation of the country.


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