Yendi 7As College of Science wins Fish Farmer Award
The 7As College of Science and Technology (COSTECH) at Yendi in the Northern Region, has been declared the best Municipal Fish Farmer as part of this year’s National Farmers Day Awards celebration at Sunson in the Yendi municipality last Friday.
The college was the only educational institution among 17 farmers, including six females, who received awards at the 34th Municipal / National Farmers Awards ceremony.
For their hardwork, the college received items that included two fishing nets, ropes, wellington boots, roofing sheets, chemicals and cutlasses.
The National Farmers Day Awards celebration is to be hosted in the Northern regional capital, Tamale, next Friday, December, 7, 2018.
As a result, the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) have already held their respective awards ceremonies to pave way for the national event.
The founder of the school, Mr Nathaniel Adams Junior, announced this after briefing the Yendi Municipal Director of Education, Alhaji Alhassan Mustapha, on the schools achievements at his office at Yendi.
Mr Adams said apart from academic work, the school was also engaged in farming and that it had established two fish ponds on campus.
He added that the school had also cultivated 40 acres of rice, 27 acres of maize,18 acres of millet, 10 acres of soya beans and 10 acres of beans.
The school also has an irrigation facility for dry season farming for the cultivation of vegetables.
On the school’s academic performance, Mr Adams said, “7As topped in the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) in the Northern Region with 31 distinctions.”
He said this year, the school presented 14 candidates for the BECE and achieved 100 per cent performance with 14 distinctions.
According to him, the school laid emphasis on Science, Mathematics, and Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
“We hope that 10 years from now, this area will start producing health and technologically based professionals to serve people in rural communities because the school has imbibed in them virtues of patriotism and service to mankind,” the founder added.
He said the school, which was established in October, 2013, now has a student population of 158 with 16 Teaching and five none teaching staff.
For his part, the director commended management and students of the school for their dedication and hardwork.
He urged them to strive for more awards including the best National Farmer Award, adding: “Your initiative to farm and feed yourselves is not only admirable, but commendable.”
According to him, “your achievements demonstrates that one can engage in farming and still excel in whatever you do.”
Alhaji Mustapha called on other institutions to emulate the example of COSTECH by establishing school farms not only to serve as training grounds for students but to also help to reduce feeding cost.