The Mobilising Old Students for Educational Support (MOSES) Foundation Ghana yesterday inaugurated its board in Accra.
It is chaired by Mr Kodjo Essiem Mensah-Abrampa, Director General, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, Former Director General, Ghana Health Service and the Vice Chairman, Executive Board of the African Population Health Research Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, is a member.
Other members are Dr Kenneth Ashigbey, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ishmael Agyekum, Executive Director, Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE) and Mr Nyaba-Aweeba Azongo, President, MOSES Foundation Ghana, who is also the secretary to the board.
Prof. Akosa, speaking on behalf of the board chairman, stated that the inauguration of the board was to help kick start the activities of the foundation towards the attainment of its objectives, including the mobilisation of old students for sustainable educational support to their respective alma maters.
He said it was also aimed at building national cohesion based on old students’ solidarity and a general educational development in the country to ensure global excellence in Ghanaian leadership in all spheres of life.
According to him, the educational institution had produced a global nation of old students which defied ethnicity, religion, political status differences, but had not been tapped into to build a collective front towards national development, particularly in the educational sector.
The MOSES Foundation Ghana President, Mr Azongo, also said that the foundation in fulfilment of its mission had launched a twofold competitive awards scheme; the Best Old Students-School (BOSS) Awards and the MOSES Generational Leadership-Legend (MGL-Legend) Awards.
This, he said, was to recognise and reward not only old students’ contribution to schools, but also schools and old students’ associations that demonstrated sterling leadership in attracting and mobilising their respective old students for educational support in their respective schools, general educational development and societal leadership.
He said the MOSES BOSS Awards was the first of such initiative in the history of Ghana and sub Saharan Africa to set a legendary pace in the educational sector, and to awaken the spirit of old students’ volunteerism to support the development of their respective old schools.
He said the maiden BOSS awards which would be held in November this year sought to rank old student personalities of senior high schools, associations and schools based on respective contributions to old school projects in competitive and sustainable manner.
Indicating that a perfect start of the awards scheme could not be guaranteed, Mr Azongo, however, said that with the support and cooperation of stakeholders, the foundation could guarantee a “progressive path to boost national solidarity and sustainable educational support in the country.
“It is our expectation that all stakeholders of national and educational sector leadership, particularly the old students’ fraternity, would embrace the MOSES BOSS awards schemes and cooperate fully to ensure the success of both the maiden and subsequent awards to cement a historic footprint in the country’s educational leadership landscape,” he added.
BY ABIGAIL ARTHUR