The Registrar of the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang, has urged politicians to always pursue programmes and policies that empower the youth, in order to build them into the kind of leaders the nation will need for its future development.
“We have every confidence, and everything within me and my partners suggest, that the next J.B. Danquah, the next William Ofori-Atta and the next Akufo-Addo is going to come from among you. In this vein, we will endeavour to use power to empower you,” he stressed.
He made these remarks last week when he launched the ‘Time With Kingsley Series’ at the Kibi Presbyterian College of Education (KPCE), at Kyebi in the Eastern Region.
‘Time With Kingsley Series’ is a coaching and mentoring programme for Senior High School students within the Abuakwa South Municipality who would have the privilege of meeting chieftains in industry to guide and mentor them in their career choices.
The maiden edition was launched together with the Kingsley Spelling Challenge and Kingsley Science and Maths Quiz, which are in their second and third seasons respectively.
Mr Agyemang said he had resolved to ensure that students within the municipality, from the basic level to the secondary, are empowered to become very good citizens for the benefit of Ghana.
Describing them as “the seeds of tomorrow”, the Registrar made it clear that it is important to give to the students “what we did not get because they will be taking over from us, and they represent the future of not just Abuakwa South Municipality but Ghana as a whole.”
He further noted that the virtues of Okyeman, which had been bestowed on them by their forebearers, including respect, unity and love, must be inculcated into the students.
“Nananom, the virtue of unity, the virtue of respect, the virtue of loving one another is what Okyeman stands for, and that is what you put in us. This is what you nurtured us with. Therefore, we will also use that one to nurture the seeds of tomorrow seated in front of you,” he assured.
Mr Agyemang further expressed satisfaction at the results that the Kingsley Spelling Challenge and Kingsley Maths and Science had yielded so far.
“So far, our students are doing very well, and my aim is to see the products of these two quizzes compete with the crème de la crème globally,” he added.
He called on stakeholders in the educational sector to support the various key interventions introduced by the Nana Akufo-Addo government.
“It behooves on we (sic) the other active participants in education to make sure certain key interventions also come in to lubricate these laudable initiatives, hence the Kingsley Quizzes,” he stated.
In all, 76 schools at the JHS level (both public and private) will be competing for the Kingsley Science and Maths Quiz, with 92 schools (both public and private) also competing for the second edition of the Kingsley Spelling Challenge.