Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has urged the youth to craft their short-, medium- and long- term objectives in life and persevere to achieve them in spite of the challenges and initial setbacks.
“As individuals, we have to persevere and ensure that our mission in life is accomplished no matter the challenges involved. I never gave up during my graduate studies at the University of Ghana and I succeeded,” he said.
Mr Amissah-Arthur gave the advice at a special thanksgiving service at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra last Sunday as part of activities marking the 140th anniversary of the founding of Mfantsipim School.
Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast was founded by the Methodist Church on April 3, 1876.
A reception was later held at the Barclays Corporate Services Centre in Accra.
Clad in red, white and black clothes — the colours of the school — members of the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA), with the support of old students of other senior high schools, including Adisadel College, Aburi Girls’ and Aggrey Memorial, dined, danced, wined and networked.
MOBA 91 Year Group presented a brand new Mitsubishi Attrage saloon vehicle to a former headmaster of the school, Mr B.K. Dontwi, for his dedicated services to the school.
The Vice-President, who is an old student of the school, acknowledged the contributions of its founding fathers.
He said the reputation of the founding fathers should spur on the current generation of students and staff not to give up, adding, “That spirit has really been my guide throughout my life.”
The Chairman of MOBA National Council, Captain Paul Forjoe, announced to the gathering some development projects undertaken in the school by members of the association.
He named some as the refurbishment of the school library, the construction of teachers’ bungalows and a water project.
Capt. Forjoe stressed the need for MOBA to continue to support the school.
“Our main challenge is the absence of a substantive headmaster for the school and we are appealing to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to get us a new one before school resumes in September this year,” he said.
For his part, Apostle J. F. K. Mensah, another old student, admonished Ghanaians to support efforts at national development and be of good character.
He cautioned that if the citizenry failed to imbibe values that helped to build good character, no matter the quantum of the country’s wealth, the wealth would not be able to solve its problems.