Toying With Children’s Education Is Dangerous–Rev. Martey
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, has admonished the county against decisions and activities that will harm the education of children.
According to him, such acts of dillydallying with the education of the children affect their life which is “dangerous!” He said “the mind of the child is a dangerous thing to waste….the education of a child is a dangerous thing to waste.”
He added that the danger also extended to the “life and the future of the child” which “affects not only the home of the child, but the society and the entire country”. Rev Martey made the admonishing at Ho in a sermon on the occasion of the elevation of the Ho-Sub District of the PCG to a District status.
The occasion coincided with the climax of the Youth and Children’s Week celebration which was on the theme “Educating the Child.”
In the PCG, the administrative structure starts from the local congregation, to the district, presbytery and then to the national level. A district is a congregation or union of congregations having at least 700 adult members within a given area. The new Ho District which comprises six sub districts was formerly under the Anum District.
The firebrand preacher counselled Ghanaians, particularly Christians, to ensure a safe home for children, stressing the need for monogamous, well-knitted and God-fearing families to guide the total growth of children.
He said God’s plan for the family had not changed; hence, it was the responsibility of parents and families to ensure the emotional, spiritual, physical and psychosocial growth of the children. This, he said, will enable them discover and achieve their divine mission on earth.
On the contrary, children were prone to becoming misfits in the society, such as armed robbers, scammers and fraudsters; “this is dangerous” he stressed. Rev. Martey also urged all congregations of the church to conduct literacy classes for members, especially children, to assist them in reading and writing local languages.
He commended the Ho sub district (Riis Congregation and allied churches) and the other five sub-districts forming the newly elevated Ho District for their commitment, hard work and determination to making the feat. The other sub-districts are Kpando, Hohoe, Nkwanta, Dambai and Krachi.
Reverend Martey was hopeful that the enthusiasm that saw the elevation would continue in greater portions to win more souls for Christ and make more strides in the Volta Region. The Minister in Charge of the Riis Congregation in Ho, Rev. Francis Akey, was inducted as the first District Minister. He would be assisted by the Ministers of the five other sub districts and directors in charge of various departments in the church.
An office complex was also commissioned by the Moderator for smooth running of the district. The Ho District started as a small congregation on October 13, 1985, after previous attempts dating as far back 1975. This led to the establishment of all Presbyterian Churches throughout the region.
Citations and awards were given to deserving founding fathers whose efforts had led to the elevation. Being a Children and Junior Youth Sunday, three deserving children from the two generational groups of the church were awarded for excelling in the Presby Church’s nationwide essay competition.