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A week ?long Catholic Education Week celebration in the Cape Coast Metropolis has been launched at the Amanful Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Cape Coast, with a call on students to take their academic work seriously to enable them grow up to become responsible future citizens.school pupils

Reverend Father Samuel Asantey, the priest in charge of the church who launched the week on Sunday, pointed out that the Catholic Church identifies education as an appropriate means to develop a person holistically, hence the establishment of schools throughout the country.
This year?s celebration under the theme: ?Catholic Education; A Formation For Good Stewardship, ? is in honour of all gallant teachers who retired compulsorily from the Ghana Education Service for turning 60 in 2014, and especially General Managers of Catholic Education Units.
Fr Asantey indicated that Catholic Education was based on gospel values, and that this year the church was focusing on the value of stewardship, adding, ?God created us to love and serve, we are to be happy stewards, and the quality of our stewardship will depend on the type of education we receive?.
He said authentic and credible teachers were needed to provide the holistic quality education, which equipped students to be competent for any work assigned them, and tasked teachers to serve as role models, real mentors who are very clear in their intents and keep things in perspective.
Fr Asantey urged parents to take care of the educational needs of their children, by paying their fees and providing them with their basic needs.
Giving statistics on Catholic Schools in the country, Fr Asantey said there were 1,533 kindergartens, 1,836 primary schools, 1,000 JHS, 59 Senior High schools, 58 Vocational/Technical Institutes, 10 Colleges of Education and Nine Tertiary Institutions.
Programmes lined-up for the celebration from January 25 to February 1, include route March through the principal streets of Cape Coast , Talks, Guidance and Counselling sessions, singing competition, games, a durbar to climax the celebration and thank-sgiving service.
Catholic Education Week is celebrated annually in honour of St Thomas Aquinas patron Saint of Schools.

GNA

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