UPSA hosts Ministry of Education’s maiden Thanksgiving Service
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) was the centre of attraction when the Management and staff of the Ministry of Education and its allied agencies came together on Tuesday to offer thanksgiving to God for a fruitful 2022 and pray for a better 2023.
The maiden thanksgiving service, spearheaded by the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, was also to seek God’s guidance for the year as the ministry embarks on its transformative drive.
The event, themed “Restructuring Education for National Transformation: Our Role,” was attended by the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof Abenego F. O. Amartey, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, and the Chairman of the Governing Council of UPSA, Dr Kofi Ohene-Konadu.
Dr. Osei-Adutwum stated that the Ministry of Education is on a new upward trajectory that will completely transform Ghana’s education sector.
He said the better days of Ghana’s education are still ahead and therefore urged workers of the ministry and its associated agencies to support the transformative agenda of the ministry, which he said will “help change the course of the history of education in Ghana.”
He said to achieve this, public servants must move from an attitude of “it cannot work” to a more positive posture of “how can we make it work?”
“As a ministry, let’s take impossibility out of our vocabulary and strive to be innovative in our approach to education,” he said. “Few years ago, we were told free SHS was not feasible, but today it is working, so let’s all commit to this new journey and support the MOE.”
Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye urged Ghanaians to cultivate a grateful attitude by counting and naming their blessings, no matter how insignificant they may appear.
He stated that most people often wish they were better off than they are and thus lose sight of the need to be grateful for the small blessings they have received from God.
However, the revered man of God believes that it is in expressing gratitude for the little things that God will open bigger opportunities in people’s lives.
“In life, when you don’t appreciate the little things, you don’t receive the bigger breakthroughs you are looking for,” Apostle Nyamekye said. “Our God is a God of gratitude and will give more to those who show their gratitude, no matter their circumstance.”
He advised Christians and Ghanaians, for that matter, to embrace what he described as the “seven pillars of wisdom” in order to be prosperous in the years ahead.
“These pillars are prudence, knowledge, discretion, counsel, sound judgement, insight, and power,” he said. “Apply them to your lives as workers in the Ministry of Education, and there will be no turning back for you.”
Participating institutions for the maiden edition of the thanksgiving service of the Ministry of Education included the Ghana Education Service (GES), the National Service Secretariat (NSS), Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), the Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET), the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), and UPSA.