The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof Abednego F. O. Amartey on Thursday, hosted a group of basic school pupils from the La-Nkwantanang Basic Schools.
The visit by the pupils forms part of a community impact initiative by UPSA aimed at introducing them to higher education and inspiring them to aim high.
Interacting with the pupils, who were visiting a university campus for the first time, Prof Okoe Amartey expressed his excitement to have had the opportunity to meet the pupils and also share his love for learning with them.
He charged them to take their studies seriously and learn to be prepared to pay the price for success, which he says includes hard work, sacrifice, and a positive mindset.
“Education is the key to unlocking one’s potential, and as a university, we are glad to have played a significant role in helping these young minds discover the possibilities that lie ahead through our adoption of the school and mentorship,” Prof. Amartey said.
He shared his personal experiences of studying, telling the pupils about some of the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned along the way.
“A lot of people don’t achieve their dreams because they are not willing to pay the price for success,” Prof Amartey. “For you [pupils], the price you have to pay is to be committed to your studies and be willing to go the extra mile.”
Prof Amartey encouraged the pupils to develop a personal relationship with God if they wished to move away from their current circumstances and into positions of influence.
The pupils were thrilled to have met the Vice Chancellor and were captivated by his inspiring story. They asked him many questions about university life and how to overcome challenges in life.
They also expressed their readiness to take their destinies into their own hands and work diligently towards the future they desire.
“We are now more determined than ever to work hard and pursue our dreams,” said Abigail Appiah, one of the pupils. “The Vice-Chancellor made us feel so special and inspired us to aim high. We will never forget this experience.”
The excited pupils toured the UPSA campus, visiting the different faculties, the Joshua Alabi library complex, the Lecture Block Complex (LBC), Kofi Ohene-Konadu Auditorium, the Students’ Centre, and the J.K. Antwi Astro Turf, among others.
They were accompanied on the visit by three of their teachers, namely Ms. Priscilla Asiedu, Madam Felicia Azaglo and Madam Mabel Agyeman.