INDEPENDENCE DAY

How the Builsa District celebrated Independence Day

In a speech to mark the 62nd Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence, the district Director of Education in the Builsa North District of the Upper East Region stated that the institution of the Directorate has reorganised the Disciplinary Committee in order to instil discipline and to promote staff welfare for effective teaching and learning in schools. He said that the committee will endeavour to punish offenders who will act contrary to the code of professional ethics in the teaching profession.

He added that in the past year, the directorate had faced a lot of challenges such as child marriages, elopement, child trafficking, rape, child abuse among many others. These he said “pose a lot of challenges to the development of children and in particular the girl child.” He called for the support of all traditional leaders to help the Directorate to curb this cancer. He added that such cases have been reported to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Department Of Social Welfare and the Police who are processing the cases for prosecution. According to the Director, it is fair to share these challenges in order to address them once and for all.

The Director went on to say that, in the midst of these social problems the Directorate has had its’ fair share of “challenges which include; lack of classrooms for learning, inadequate furniture for teachers and pupils, lack of teachers accommodation, inadequate funds for the director and circuit supervisors for supervision purposes in our schools, rising cost of electricity bills, inadequate professional teachers ... hindering effective teaching and learning in our schools.”

Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive Honorable. David Afoko in his speech called on all Ghanaians to work together to promote the growth of the country in spite of all political and religious differences. He noted that a peaceful nation attracts development through investments hence the need to maintain peace and unity. He called on the youth in particular to desist from acts that prevent the nation from moving forward and encouraged that they “focus on developing their personal talents and taking their education serious.”

Present at the occasion to receive the salute were the District Chief Executive, the District Police Commander, and the District Director of Education. The Chief and his elders of Sandema, head teachers and other dignitaries were present to grace the occasion. Twenty nine (29) public schools and three (3) private schools participated. Associations such as the Ghana Beauticians association, Carpenters Association, Masons Association and others were also present Commanding the assembly was the cadet Commander of Sandema Senior High technical School, while the District Police was there to ensure a peaceful programme. The theme for this year’s anniversary celebration was dubbed “Celebrating Peace and Unity.”

Report by Amanda Akum (BA in Communication studies, Journalism, and Related Programs)

Photos by Eric Anadem (Anadem Photography)