First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has charged old pupils of Achimota Basic School to consider it an innate duty to contribute immensely to the expansion of the Institution’s facilities, to accommodate her growing numbers.
The First lady made the comments when she joined staff, pupils and some old pupils of Achimota Basic School, Akorettes, to launch their 60th anniversary celebration under the theme “Sixty Years of Holistic Education: The Pursuit of Excellence”.
Launching the celebrations, Mrs Akufo-Addo, an Akorette herself, recounted her days at Achimota Basic School saying “while in our time enrolment was not that large and so the facilities were enough to meet our requirements, today the records show a pupil population of close to thirty-thousand (3,000). This, according to her has necessitated the expansion of the school’s facilities, a venture, she said, Akorettes should take to heart.
Earlier, as part of their anniversary launch, staff and pupils of the school were joined by the First Lady and other Akorettes in the morning to undertake a walk from the school’s premises through Abelempke, Dzorwulu and then back to the school. They were accompanied by some government officials including the MCE for Okaikoi Municipal Assembly Hon. Boye Laryea and MP for Okaikoi North Hon. Fusseini Issah.
Mrs Akufo-Addo also launched the 60@60 Fund raising programme, an initiative of the school’s alumina to secure the necessary funds for her expansion.
In her remarks, Headmistress of Achimota School Mrs Edith Kyeremateng said Achimota Basic School has served as a grooming home for any people who have later served their nation with distinction.
She urged staff and pupils of the school to pursue excellence in all their deeds, reminding them that it is only when they do, that the fruits of their works will be bountiful. She also reminded Akorettes of their duty to give back to the Institution which moulded them to become what they are, today.