The Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)-Ghana, Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, has urged girls to dream big and break barriers. She made the comment during the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Diaspora Girls’ Senior High School, a school founded by the FAWE.
Chaired by Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, the current chairperson of FAWE Ghana Chapter, the occasion had in attendance the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Francisca Oteng Mensah, representing the Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Opare, Mr O.B Amoah, Minister of State for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development and MP, Akuapem South, members of FAWE Ghana Chapter, representatives from the National, Regional, and District offices of the Ghana Education Service and others.
The anniversary celebration began with the unveiling of a bust of the late Honourable Mrs. Vida Amaadi Yeboah, founding member of the Forum for African Women Educationalists and former coordinator and chairperson of the Ghana Chapter, in appreciation of her contribution to the establishment of the school.
In a goodwill message from the FAWE Ghana Chapter, authored by Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, she acknowledged the Traditional leaders and Elders of Obodan, where the school is located, for the role they played in helping the vision to create a safe space where girls could flourish and advance their educational prospects come into fruition.
She indicated that the school has, over the years, nurtured and educated generations of young women who have become leaders, innovators and competent professionals in various fields.
“The school has been an educational institution with a difference; it has been a haven where girls have been encouraged to dream big, break barriers and shatter stereotypes,” she said.
She showed gratitude to the staff, past and present, for their commitment to seeing to the success of the school, students and their families for entrusting us the school with their wards education and supporting the vision wholeheartedly.
She also thanked the Ghana Education Service for the interest shown in the Diaspora Girls’ Senior High School and for accepting to absorb the school at a critical moment.
She urged the school and its stakeholders to look to the future with excitement and determination as FAWE Ghana Chapter is committed to building a nurturing environment for empowering the Girl Child to strive for higher educational laurels.
The colourful occasion saw a well-coordinated parade by the school’s cadet, a display of culture through a choreographed dance and songs from the school’s choir amidst applause from guests. FAWE Ghana Chapter gave awards to students, patrons, and FAWE Girls’ Club executives who had distinguished themselves.
Presentations were also made to Omankrado Hemmaa of Obodan, Nana Aboamah Oforiwah 1 (Emily Odei), with special recognition and honour for her contribution over the years to the activities of the FAWE Ghana Chapter and the establishment of the school in Obodan, during the period where she was the assemblywoman of the Obadan Electoral Area.