The 1974 Year Group of Wesley Girls High School, has launched a Foundation from which resources will be drawn to support education of needy students who would normally not be able to make it to school due to financial constraints. The Foundation to be funded through contributions and donations from all who believe in excellence as a key ingredient for national development and livelihood improvement, will support education of underprivileged students from across the country at Wesley Girls High School, teacher welfare and the development and maintenance of infrastructure in Wesley Girls High School. The Foundation envisages raising GHC 100, 000 by January 2015.
In her welcome remarks, the Vice President of the ’74 Year Group, Mrs. Paulina Dadzawa said, products of the Wesley Girls High School are always grateful for the privilege of being part of the training that built in them values that are the secret behind the success stories of Wey Gey Hey girls in different spheres of lives.
Mrs. Betty Dzokoto, the Headmistress of the school, an old girl, chaired the launch. She shared impressive statistics about the performance of the school as follows:
1. The overall National Best WASSCE candidate in Ghana and West Africa for 2011, Overall National Third Best candidate in 2011 and the best candidate in General Science in 2011.
2. The overall National Best WASSCE candidate in Ghana and West Africa for 2012 and 2013
3. The overall 1st and 2nd Best WASSCE candidate in West Africa for 2013 and the best Business candidate in Ghana in 2013.
4. The overall National Best WASSCE candidates in Ghana in Business, Visual Arts and Home Economics in 2012.
President of the 1974 Year Group of the Wesley Girls High School, Ms. Esther A.N. Cobbah noted that the values instilled in all Wesley Girls over nearly two centuries have significantly shaped the lives of all girls who have passed through the school and hence the inspiring achievements and success stories of most students of the school.
Ms. Cobbah, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa noted that the 1974 Year Group felt the best way to give back to their Alma Mata was to establish a Foundation to mobilise resources to ensure that the next generation of female leaders benefit from the Wesley Girls legacy.
Ms Cobbah said, ‘Wesley Girls High School is known for its commitment to excellence. This pursuit of excellence is exhibited by products of the school. This is just what Ghana needs to facilitate its development. Thus the ultimate goal of the ’74 Year Group Foundation is to promote excellence.’
She added ‘As a nation, we still have many girls to train and educate. The ’74 Year Group Foundation is committed to contributing to the education of brilliant but needy girls from all parts of the country at Wesley Girls High School. We are committed to creating opportunities for needy students from all parts of the country to benefit from the Wesley Girls High School excellence…… You invest in excellence in Ghana when you contribute to the Wesley Girls High School ‘74 Year Group Foundation.’’
Delivering a keynote address at the launch of the Wesley Girls High School 1974 Year Group Foundation, Prof. Efua Hesse, a Paediatrician Surgeon and an old girl of the school, commended the leadership of the Year Group for mooting this noble idea to mobilise resources for the advancement of education in the country.
“It is not enough to rest on our accomplishments as women, it’s more important to ensure that no other brilliant child is left at home due to financial reasons’, Prof. Hesse urged. She encouraged all old girls of the school and the general public to be part of this investment in excellence.
The launch was attended by members of the 1974 Year Group, other Old Students of Wesley Girls High School and Ms. Bertha Clottey, a former teacher of the Wesley Girls High School.