Educational intervention rolled out by Pentecost University for Afram Plains in the Eastern Region of Ghana has yielded enormous benefits for the beneficiary communities. The intervention in the form of teaching support and missionary work was in collaboration with the Afram Plains Area of The Church of Pentecost, the Education Directorates of the Afram Plains North and South and the District Assemblies of both Afram Plains North and South.
To this end, the University sent some of its brilliant, disciplined and people-centered students to teach in schools in the area, during the first semester vacation. The education directorates in the area in turn posted them to the schools that really needed the services of teachers. Some of the beneficiary communities and schools include Ntonaboma, Adorkope Basic, Kpatalidzakope, Mafi Abiw Kope, Zikpo Nyuinyui, Abomasarefo among others.
Before the students embarked on the mission, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, at a brief ceremony said the project aimed at supporting education in rural communities, in particular, with teaching services, and, at the same time, expose the students to rural life and realities of challenges that they are being prepared to solve. The VC added the project is also part of The Church of Pentecost’s vision to equip the Church to possess the nations for Christ. “Through this, young people are being exposed to real life missions’ activities and interventions that are required to glorify the name of Christ Jesus.” … the VC said.
Briefing the Management of the University, upon return, the students who went for the mission said they were warmly received by the leadership of The Church of Pentecost in the area as well as the education directors and the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Afram Plains North. According to them the Afram Plains North District Director of Education, Solomon Akuruko Azubila, in addressing them, commended the university for the initiative and added that it was a timely intervention for schools in the area.
Apart from teaching, the students also brief the University on their missionary work, including home and schools’ outreaches. According to them, 48 people converted to Christianity within the period, out of which 12 were baptized in accordance with Pentecostal practice.
In sharing their personal experiences, the students said they were touched and humbled by the exposure. They also expressed concerns about the state of education and development in the area, and by extension other distant places in Ghana. According to James Jabon, who was posted to Amankwahkrom JHS, he is sad about the lack of teachers in the school. “It breaks my heart that the school that I went to has only 1 and I find such a situation jeopardizing the future of many of the pupil I interacted with and by extension our country.” Mr. Jabon further called on the media to extend their attention to places like that to draw attention to the plight of the people.
On her part, Abigail Adjabeng who was posted New Kyeiase R/C Primary School said she feels like going back to continue teaching. According to her, though her stay was short, she could feel that her departure created a huge vacuum in the school since they did not have teachers. She called on authorities to pay attention to education in rural communities.