From Richard Owusu-Akyaw .
The Methodist Ministers Spouses Association of the Kumasi diocese has donated items to the Methodist Women Training Centre at Kwadaso as part of its 40th Anniversary celebration since its founding.
The items donated to the school included biscuits, drinks, diapers, three boxes of mackerel, two big gallons of cooking oil, 15 crates of eggs, eight cartons of milk, two cartons of Milo, two sacks of beans and gari, five maxi bags of rice, two boxes of key soap, and two packs of washing powder, among others.
Mrs. Beatrice Andam, President of the Kumasi Diocese Methodist Ministers Spouses Association, said the donation was their widow’s mite to their Alma Mater, which trained the ministers’ spouses and equipped them with economic skills to support their husbands.
Mrs. Andam noted that over the past years, spouses of ministers were given a mere stipend, hence they were given training in catering, bakery, batik and tie-dye and educated to help their husbands. She noted that spouses are taught how to read vernacular to help their husbands in the propagation of the Gospel.
According to her, a three-day retreat at the Calvary Methodist, Child Education programme at Mapasatia had been lined up celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
Receiving the donation, the Director of the Methodist Women Training Centre, Mrs. Aretha Addai, expressed gratitude to the spouses of the Methodist ministers for the donation, being the biggest she has received in her seven-year administration as a Director of the facility.
She explained that the center, which was set up in 1940 by the Methodist Conference, Britain, does not only train Wesleyans, but also admits people from all walks of life, adding that they teach courses such as catering, massaging, cosmetology, beads and soap making.
Director Aretha continued that they also run short courses in economic empowerment for career women.
She noted that the rational of their training is to equip the students to assist them in economic life and eke out a decent living.
The centre, with a student population of 201 students, is approved by Ghana Education Service, Tertiary and Vocational Education Training (TVET), National Vocational and Technical Institute (NVTI), and teaches English, Mathematics and Science, to enable the students pursue further education at the technical universities, colleges of education and other tertiary educational institutions.