From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
Dr. Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University, which has gained a reputation for innovation, has called on young African students to take initiatives to change the poor narrative about the Continent.
He urged African youth, as leaders of tomorrow, to work towards changing society and the continent by being ambitious, humble and learn from others to build a good society.
Dr. Awuah noted that leaders do not accept status quo, and urged the students to pay attention to creativity, compassion and courage, and be inventors of solutions to change the continent to a better society.
“They (leaders) must question the status quo and solve problems to build a good society,” he told a leadership empowerment seminar, as part of the 2018 Africa Regional Round Square Conference, hosted in Ghana by the International Community School, at Pakyi No. 1 in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region.
The theme of the five-day conferencem attended by delegates (15-18 year olds) from Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya Namibia and Rwanda, was “Leadership in the service of Africa.”
The conference is intended to help break mental barriers, situate students within a global contest, and support them to benefit from shared experiences and mentorship.
According to the Ashesi University Founder, the youth should have the will, desire, ambition and character to provider leadership on the continent.
Dr. Awuah said in spite of rule of law, we still have corruption in Ghana, and that the problem of corruption has become endemic and incredibly corrosive, thus undermining the citizenry, and reminded them that political stability depends on rule of law, which, he said, matters in the fight against corruption.
Other speakers at the empowerment seminar were Kwaku Sintim Misa, Majid Michel, and the Chief Executive of Heel the World, Fred Deegbe Jnr.
Opening the Conference, Dr. Charles Yeboah reiterated the need for a leadership revolution in schools to rescue Africa from the crises the continent is facing.
Ms Sue Redelinghuys, Chair of the Round Square Africa Region, said leadership is about inspiration and knowledge, and urged the delegates to build quality networks of friendships and make the best out of the conference.
She commended the management of the International Community School (ICS) for putting up a welcoming reception for all the delegates and treating all the visitors to a magnificent show of Ghanaian culture through various performances staged by students of the school.
The delegates had been drawn from schools, including the International Community School, Stanford Lake College at Limpopo, St Cyprians’ School in Cape Town, St. George’s Grammar, Cape Town, Rodean School, Tigerkloof Educational Institute, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Girls Academy, St. Stithian Boys College, St. Stithian Girls College, all in South Africa, Ghana International School and International Community Schools, SOS Hermann Gmeiner College and Beacon College International in Ghana.
The rest are British International School, Green Hills Academy, Kigali, Rwanda, St. Constantine’s International School, Tanzania, International School of Kenya, St. Andrews School, Turi, Brookhouse School, Starehe Boys Centre and St. George’s Diocesan School all in Kenya.