Pentecost University and the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS) have entered an agreement to strengthen Pentecost Schools across Ghana.
The collaboration between the two Church of Pentecost institutions starts with a course in Executive School Management and Administration, for heads, teachers and managers of Pentecost Schools across the country. It was outdoored at the launch of the University’s Faculty of Education on Saturday 19th February 2022.
Delivering the welcome address at the launch, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua pledged the University’s preparedness to give the needed support and training to teachers, managers and all stakeholders involved in the running of Pentecost Schools, which are managed by PENTSOS. He said the PU’s Faculty of Education will take keen interest in the teaching methodologies at the Pentecost Schools and fill gaps that may exist, “in others, we will support PENTSOS to deliberately teach teachers how to teach, since domain knowledge may not be enough to make one a good teacher.”
The VC, speaking further, said, the partnership with PENTSOS is in line with the University A+ agenda of Pentecost University in particular, and the overall “Possessing the Nations” agenda of The Church of Pentecost, of which both PU and PENTSOS are executing agencies.
On his part, the Director of PENTSOS, Eld. Richard Amaning expressed confidence in the collaboration. He said it will lead to synergistic benefits for the two Church of Pentecost institutions. Eld. Amaning said “it has been a dream that Pentecost University and PENTSOS collaborate to strengthen our institutions and I believe this will give us synergistic benefits.”
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 the 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 urged heads and managers of Pentecost Schools, in particular, 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.
Apart from the PENTSOS Collaborated programmes, the launch of the PU Faculty of Education ushers in the study of various programmes in education, including special needs and early childhood education.