The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has launched the 60th anniversary celebration of the Achimota Basic School, with a call on old pupils of the school to help support the growth of the school.
She charged the old pupils of the school (Akorettes) to consider it as an innate duty to contribute immensely to the expansion of its facilities to accommodate its growing number of pupils.
The First Lady made the call when she joined staff, pupils and some old pupils of the Achimota Basic School, her alma mater, to launch the 60th anniversary, on the theme: “Sixty years of holistic education: The pursuit of excellence”.
She also launched a 60@60 fundraising programme for the school, an initiative of the school’s alumni to secure the necessary funds for its expansion.
Launching the anniversary, Mrs Akufo-Addo, recounted her days at the school, saying: “While in our time enrolment was not that large and so the facilities were enough to meet our requirements, today the records show a pupil population of close to 3,000.”
That, she said, had necessitated the expansion of the school’s facilities, a venture which, in her opinion, Akorettes should take to heart.
Earlier, as part of the anniversary launch, staff and pupils of the school were joined by the First Lady and other Akorettes in the morning to undertake a walk from the school through Abelemkpe and Dzorwulu and then back to the school.
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In her remarks, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs Edith Kyeremateng, said the school had served as a grooming home for many people who had later served their nation with distinction.
She urged staff and pupils of the school to pursue excellence in all their deeds, reminding them that it was only when they did that that the fruits of their works would be bountiful.
She also reminded Akorettes of their duty to give back to the institution which moulded them to become what they were today.
Mrs Kyeremateng appealed to benevolent organisations and well-meaning Ghanaians to help renovate some of the dilapidated structures in the school.
Present were the Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikoi North, Alhaji Fuseini Issah, and the Okaikoi Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Boye Laryea.