CATHOLIC SPECIAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL CLIMAXES ANNIVERSARY
The Catholic Special Vocational School at Fijai in the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese held a durbar on 6th April, 2018 to climax it’s 15th anniversary celebration at the School’s premises.
The theme for the anniversary celebration was “15 YEARS OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES; AN INCLUSIVE EFFORT”
Present at the celebration were Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese, Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quandah, Vicar General of the Diocese as well as other priests and religious from the Diocese.
Also present were Mrs Hajia Samira Bawumia (2nd Lady of the Republic of Ghana), Hon. Gifty Kusi (Dep. Western Regional Minister), Madam Amina Achiaa (Director, Special Education Division – GES), Mr. Kwamena Dadzie Dennis (Acting Executive Secretary, National Council on PWDs), Lawyer Anthony Boateng (Ag. Dep. Director General G.E.S.) and Nana Barimah Ekow Gyess II( Chief of Fijai).
In his anniversary message, Bishop Kwofie CSSp described the school as one that “exists to train young people of 16 years and above with intellectual disabilities in vocational training.” He further commended government for their agenda to modernize and resource technical and vocational education as part of the reform in education currently going on. He however, admitted that “one big challenge is to change the poor perception of our people that has impaired our appreciation of vocational schools in the country”.
Bishop Kwofie who is also a member of the G.E.S council therefore charged all stakeholders to play their part to make this facility “not just a place where people teach but a place where people learn.”
Ms. Rose Margaret Kwofie, headmistress of the school used the occasion to bring to light some of the challenges facing the school – lack of modern kitchen, lack of classrooms, lack of teachers, pick up car for administrative purposes and the walling of the school to prevent encroachment as well as protection for the students.
Master Emmanuel Arthur, on behalf of the students called on the society to accept and support people with special needs, since this enable them fulfill their potential.
Mrs. Hajia Samira Bawumia, 2nd Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Special Guest of Honour at the durbar called on all stakeholders to ensure that all people with special needs are empowered with vocational training to enable them to be independent and productive members of our communities.
She pledged a personal donation of GHC 10,000.00 to support the refurbishment of the School’s Kitchen. She also told the gathering that she has been asured by the Dep. Director General of G.E.S that the school will be given a school bus. She further commended the Dep. Director General of G. E. S for the assurance that more teachers will be posted to the school as soon as possible.
The gathering was treated to cultural display by some students of the school. Awards was also presented by the school to some deserving teachers and students of the school as well as some benefactors of the School. The school also supply’s sandals to Archbishop Porters Senior High School, St. Francis School and Grace Preparatory School, Takoradi.
The Catholic Special Vocational School was established as a private Roman Catholic Institution on 5th April, 2003 by the late Most Rev. John Martin Darko, then Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese. The school which started with 12 students ( 5 females and 7 males) and 7 staff members, now has 100 students (57 males and 43 females) with a staff strength of 24. The school was absorbed by the government of Ghana in November 2010. Currently, the school trains persons with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc and admit students from the southern sector of the country.