The Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Church envisions E.P. Church Mawuko Girls Senior High School as a “strategic conduit for a female tertiary institution” in future.
“We cannot over-emphasize the need for collaboration so that, come the next 30-50 years, we can have a different positive story to tell.”
Right Reverend Francis Amenu, Moderator of the General Assembly of the E.P. Church, stated this vision in a welcome address at the 30th anniversary celebration of E.P. Church Mawuko Girls Senior High School at the weekend.
The anniversary theme was, “Three decades of female education, achievements, challenges and prospects.”
The School’s motto is, “educate a woman for God and educate a whole nation for God.”
Mawuko Girls SHS was founded in 1983 based on the decision of the Church’s fortieth (40) Synod when the late Very Reverend Professor Noah Dzobo was Moderator of the Church.
He was said to have had in mind the establishment of a University for Women for which a large tract of land had been acquired. The Church currently has a University College which is co-educational.
Rt Rev Amenu said the cherished dream of the founders and stakeholders of the School could not be attained if the students failed to adhere to the ethical code of conduct and school regulations meant to instill discipline in their lives.
“There is more to education than a mere acquisition of a certificate which is not guarantee for future successful life,” he admonished.
Ms Janet Kwasi, Headmistress of the School, said the institution had traversed a tortuous journey “with so many upheavals.”
She said the student population has grown from just 36 students at its inception in 1983 to 1,664.
Ms Kwasi said “taking care of 1664 girls was not a child’s play’ hence the enforcement of strict codes of discipline and counseling.
She eulogized the founders of the school, the pioneer staff and Mawuko Women’s Association, who saved the school from collapse, by raising funds to put up a hostel for the pioneer students when government instituted the “debordinisation policy” in secondary schools.
Ms Kwasi said the School has made phenomenal progress in both academic and co-curriculla activities in its 30 years of existence.
“It has been a challenging time having to manage with the barest minimum resources to train our contemporary youth” she said.
“Naturally, when challenges are overcome, then we have achievements. The achievement of adequately training young girls has its own prospects. This has been our dream and business for thirty years now. That is the import of our theme”, she said.