Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Palmer Buckles vacation camp ends
Story: A. KOFOYA-TETTEH, Odumase-Krobo
A TOTAL of 239 pupils drawn from first cycle educational institutions in the New Juaben Municipality have been taken through various aspects of the Ghanaian culture to help them grow to appreciate the indigenous way of life.
The pupils were also taught the major academic subjects such as English Language, Science and Mathematics to enable them to have a better understanding of such subjects so that they would excel in them to climb the academic ladder.
The event, dubbed: “Bishop Palmer-Buckles’ Vacation Camp” initiated some years ago by the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Charles Palmer Buckles, then Bishop of Koforidua, was the ninth in the series.
It was organized by the Eastern Regional Office of the Centre for National Culture (CNC) with support from the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council, Unimax Macmillan, tiGo, Sharp Pharmaceuticals, South Akim Rural Bank, the New Juaben Municipal Assemble and one J. Tsibu- Gyan, a citizen of Koforidua, as well as Archbishop Palmer-Buckles.
Addressing the participants, the Eastern Regional Director of the CNC, Mr. Kingsley Obeng, said the aim of the programme was to ensure that pupils judiciously utilized the long vacation period to learn the Ghanaian culture and other subjects that would help them to be useful adults in future.
He said Ghanaians were gradually losing their identity with the influx of foreign goods, services and films, adding that the best way of putting a stop to such a negative attitude was to let children know the indigenous culture so that they would appreciate it.
Mr. Obeng, therefore, asked the participants to refrain from adopting foreign culture and take to their own, which, he said, identified them as true Ghanaians.
He expressed his appreciation to the donors for their support for the programme.
The immediate past Deputy Regional Minister, Madam Suzie Mensah, who had also supported the programme, asked the participants to teach others what they had learnt at the camp.
In a statement, an alumna of the camp, Miss Diana Amo, now a student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, briefed the participants on how subjects taught at previous camp meetings had helped her to advance academically.
In an address, which was read on her behalf by a director at the Regional Administration, Mrs. Vera Akuaffo, the Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Hajia Alima Mahama, indicated the ministry’s commitment to the welfare of children.
She appealed to parents to invest in the education of their children so that they would grow up as useful citizens.
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