Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome/Kwabenya Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has advised teachers and parents to spend quality time with children in their formative years, so as to mould them into what they envisage them to be in future.
Making reference to a biblical quotation, Adwoa safo noted that, parents and teachers in whose custody the children spend more time must endeavor to “train the children the way he or she should grow so, that they will not depart from it when they grow”.
Lawyer Adwoa Safo, as she is popularly called, made this statement when she visited about four schools in her Constituency to commemorate ‘my first day at school’, which is a day set aside to usher in toddler’s and first time students entering formal school.
Adwoa Safo who made the visit in the company of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga East, Mr. Kwao Sackey and the District Director of Education of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, told the teachers and few parents who had brought their wards to school for the first time, that it is instructive on them to spend more time with their children and instill in them discipline, that would mould them to become responsible and useful citizens of the state.
She pointed out that children in their formative years are so fragile and prone to all manner of social vices, depending on the kind of upbringing they get in their formative age.
She added that if special care is not taken and the appropriate steps are not taken to mould these toddlers to acceptable societal standards, it would be impossible to change certain undesirable attitudes they acquire, when they are out and beyond their formative ages.
The Dome /Kwabenya legislator also advised the pupils to take their academic work serious and urged them to set high standards and aspire to take leadership positions in their respective career paths.
She also cautioned the pupils against waywardness and asked them to pay heed to the directives of their teachers and parents.
The visit took her to four community based schools in the Constituency and these included the Atomic D/A schools, Taifa Community Schools at Taifa, Icodec Islamic school at Dome and Atomic Hills Demonstration School also at Dome.
The MP who believes in the education for all project, has made an avowed promise to do all she can to reduce the burden on parents by taking care of their wards in school with part of her Common Fund.
Madam Safo in collaboration with a United States of America based Ghanaian philanthropist, Mr. Daniel Boakye Mensah, donated books from archaeology to zoology worth (GH¢ 15,000) fifteen thousand Ghana cedis and distributed them among the four schools.
She also took some time off to visit some crèches, where she gave the students some biscuits and toffees.
At the Atomic D/A schools she promised to donate some forty bags of cement in aid of the construction of a six- unit classroom block for the school.