The Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Kwaku Asante
The Chairman of the National Peace Council, the Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Kwaku Asante, has asked parents to instil discipline and positive traditional values into their children.
He emphasised that the “traditional values of love, tolerance and respect for one another are the only way to prevent violent conflicts and restore peace in the country”.
The Most Rev. Asante, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, and Chairman of the Council of Wesley College of Education, was addressing the 4th congregation of the College in Kumasi, last Saturday, at which 349 graduates were awarded the Diploma in Basic Education.
He attributed the current spate of violent conflicts in some parts of the country to “lack of morals and indiscipline which emanate from the home”.
Most Reverend Asante urged the teachers to exhibit morals and behaviours which would influence the children entrusted to their care, positively, as well as attitudes reflective of the kind of training received in the College.
A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Art Education of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mrs Afia Opoku-Asare, dilated on the negative and harmful effects of conflicts in the country’s educational system, and stressed the need for teachers and pupils to live harmoniously to avert conflicts in schools.
Mrs Opoku-Asare again enjoined circuit supervisors to visit their schools regularly and monitor the teaching and learning process, and correct any shortcoming they may identify.
She further suggested the introduction of courses on conflict prevention and peace building in the curriculum, to arm teachers with the necessary skills with which to manage conflicts in their schools and the larger society.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Mr Samuel Sarpong, stressed the importance of the well trained teacher in the country’s education delivery and advised the graduates to use the knowledge and skills acquired to benefit their pupils.
The Principal, Mr Joseph Eshun-Famiyeh, called for the construction of a more spacious assembly and dining halls for the College, since the existing ones are congested.