Pentecost University has launched Faculty of Education. This is the latest addition to the number of faculties after the University launched the Faculty Law last year, 2021.
In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua commended staff for working hard to birth the Faculty. He added the Faculty exists to train teachers, managers and stakeholders in education with unique and transformative skills that they can use to truly train the next generation for national development.
He said “domain knowledge does not make one a good teacher, so people must be taught how to teach.”
The Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, Aps. Dr. Emmanuel Anim, who delivered the keynote address said national development is hinged on educating the right human resource. According to the Eco-Theologian, the struggle for independence by African countries was hinged on the fact the continent has abundant natural resources and the human capacity that can transform the resources for development.
He added that, whether we have achieved much or not, after independence is directly linked to how we educate our work force. He therefore said the Pentecost University’s Faculty of Education will be distinguished in equipping teachers and school managers to be innovative in their teaching and grooming of students.
Speaking further, the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor challenged heads and managers of schools that were present to pay critical attention to early childhood education. He said “avoid sending teachers who may be considered academically weak or those you wish to discard to the pre school and lower levels, because that’s where we build foundations for lifelong learning.”
On her part, the Acting Dean of the new faculty Dr. Elizabeth Appiah pledged the commitment of her team in achieving the objectives the University set for her faculty.
The launch coincided with the start of a Pentecost University and Pentecost Social Services (PENSOS) collaborated course designed for heads and managers of Pentecost schools across Ghana.
On his part, the director of PENSOS Eld. Richard Amaning said the collaboration and the start of the programme will lead to synergistic benefits for the two Church of Pentecost institutions.
The launch of the Faculty of Education took place on the University’s main campus in Sowutuom, Accra. It ushers in the study of various programmes in education, including special needs and early childhood education.