The St Mary’s Senior High School in Accra has launched the school’s 70th anniversary celebration with a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a 200-seater capacity Electronic Library (E-library).
The project is to enhance teaching and learning and to keep the students abreast of information in this era of technology.
The E-library, which is estimated to cost GH¢4 million, will also include the establishment of a secretariat for the effective running and management of the facility.
The project is expected to be completed and ready for use by January 2020.
The sod-cutting, which coincided with the launch of the 70th anniversary celebration of the school, brought together mainly the Saint Mary’s Old Girls Association (SMOGA), including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa and the second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Mrs Elsie Addo Awadzi.
The anniversary is being celebrated on the theme: “70 years of Holistic Catholic Education, Harnessing the Girl-Child’s Potential for Nation Building,” with a line-up of activities including a “car wash day” and dinner dance to raise funds for the completion of the E-library project.
The year-long celebration, expected to be climaxed on February 8, 2020, will be marked with other activities such as mentoring sessions to educate and motivate the students, a float and a homecoming ceremony.
Addressing students and dignitaries, Mrs Mensah expressed optimism for the role the E-library would play in the lives of the students, especially in the area of research.
“I have no doubt that the E-library will equip students with the requisite knowledge and information required to excel and compete with the global world and ensure the delivery of high quality education to our students beyond the classroom,” she said.
She challenged the students to see themselves as future leaders and be courageous in all that they did to come out as such, urging them to “think outside the box, take risk, and above all be compassionate.”
Delivering the keynote address, Mrs Awadzi stressed the need to equip girls with skills and opportunities to enable them play a vital role in the nation’s development.
“Indeed, there is no doubt that educating the girl child has immense benefit for the country as a whole. To promote gender balance, girls and women should be encouraged to contribute their quota to the wellbeing of our nation.
We must ask ourselves why after centuries of educating the girl-child there are still very few women in the corporate bodies, in Parliament and in any other spheres of our national life; why there are still so many women confined to the informal sector of our economy and why few women own businesses,” Mrs Addo Awadzi stated.
For her part Mrs Ayorkor Botchway urged the students to focus on their studies and remember that there was nothing that could not be achieved with determination.
“Remember that this age of science, technology and innovation presents endless possibilities.
Look at us the alumni of this noble school and let our achievements be the starting point of your success story,” she said.