Infants of Early Childhood Development Centres in Koforidua and its environs displayed their gymnastics and marching skills to mark the 63rd Independence anniversary at the Koforidua Jackson Park on Thursday.
The pupils who were smartly dressed in police uniforms and in their ceremonial wear and that of other security agencies’ attire marched passed the dais to the adminiration of parents and dignitaries present.
The programme instituted five years ago by the Early Childhood Development Centres Association in the New Juaben North and South municipalities with their motto “We Love and Care” was grace by the Municipal Director of Education, Madam Mavis Yirenkyi, Eastern Regional Private Schools Coordinator, Madam Gertrude Nsiah, all the heads and teachers of the schools and the parents of the children.
In her welcome address, Madam Miriam Ofosu-Appiah said the aim was to instill discipline, patriotism, love and care for one another and the nation into the children as the motto implies.
According to her Ghana, the government was doing her part and it was up to stakeholders in education, and especially the citizenry to also contribute their quota to augment the effort of the government.
She urged parents to do their part for the government to achieve the measures put in place for the children in the educational sector because the benefit would come back to them (parents).
She also urged teachers to put all the skills and knowledge gained during their training to bear so that the children entrusted into their hands would receive better foundation for their future career.
The Municipal Director of Education, Madam Mavis Yirenkyi was full of praise to the children, some them as old as four years marching briskly pass the dais as she took the salute.
She congratulated the teachers for the time spent to train the children and urged them to translate such skills and time into the teaching of the kids.
Explaining the rationale behind the programme, Madam Yirenkyi said the children took part in the celebration because they needed to understand and appreciate the peace being enjoyed now in the nation.
She said some people sacrificed their lives and shed their blood for the nation to be where it is now and therefore very important that the children experience it so that when they grow they would know how to conduct themselves.
The 18 Pre-schools which participated in the in the event were, Anointed Royals Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC),Trinity Presby ECDC, Emmanuel Academy, Greenland ECDC, Liberty Academy, Christ Unique Preparatory School, Simplets Educational Complex, Central Academy, Ringing Bell Preparatory School.
The rest were Excellent Glory Academy, EastField Academy, St Mary’s Preparatory School, Great Victoryland Academy, Charles Wesley Academy Foundation, Aggrey Memorial ECDC, Grace Child Academy and KOVOC.
Picture: The Anointed Royals marching pass the dais with their ceremonial Police Uniforms.
By Samuel Opare Lartey