Last week, the Ahmadiyya High School at Gomoa Postin held a Speech and Prize-Giving Day to mark 40 years of its establishment. According to Mr. Nazir A. Keelson, Headmaster of the School, P-Amass was founded in 1972 with a population of 17 students, made up of 13 boys and four girls. Today, P-Amass has a population of 2,150 students.
On Saturday, another second cycle institution, founded and run by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission also marked its 40th anniversary with a Speech and Prize-Giving Day. The Ekumfi Ahmadiyya High School, popularly known as E-Amass, began in premises at Essarkyir, donated by Nana Akyin VI, deceased Omanhen of the Ekumfi Traditional Area.
E-Amass began with a total population of 24 students, which had 20 boys and four girls. At the moment 1,600 students are preparing to face the future under the tutelage of Mr. Mohammed Ackonu, the headmaster and his over 100 teaching and non-teaching staff.
In fulfillment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission's concept of Service to Humanity, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission has contributed in diverse ways towards the education of the country.
When the early Ahmadiyya missionaries arrived in the country and began their evangelistic mission at Ekumfi Ekrawfo in the Central Region, there were no schools in the Ekumfi District and beyond.
Now Ahmadiyya basic schools are dotted all over the area. The mission, The Chronicle has learned, is now operating a tertiary institution at Mankessim. The Ahmadiyya University College is certainly adding to tertiary education institutions in Ghana.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission already runs a Missionary Training College at Ekumfi Ekrawfo, where students from 17 countries in West Africa and beyond are going through the rudiments that would qualify them to spread the word in their respective countries.
As pointed out by Mr. Charles Aheto Segah, Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, apart from offering opportunities to a large mass of rural dwellers, especially to educate their children, statistics at the Ghana Education Service, indicate that students of the various Ahmadiyya Schools were not prone to violence, obviously because of their strong moral training.
The Chronicle takes this opportunity to greet the Ameer and Missionary in Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Maulvi Dr. Wahab Adam and his missionaries for their efforts at educating the Ghanaian child.
The first Ahmadiyya Basic School, the Ekumfi Ekrawfo Ahmadiyya Primary and Junior High Schools are over 100 years old, certainly as old as the presence of the mission in Ghana.
What make the contribution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission to education in Ghana unique is their areas of operation. The mission's operations centre, around our rural communities, where parents have hardly enough to plough back into their children's education.
In other words, the mission has succeeded in bringing education to communities that would otherwise have been left behind in the effort to educate the Ghanaian. We hope and pray that Allah would continue to lead the mission to provide more opportunities for our disadvantaged kids to improve on their education profile.
In the interim, The Chronicle salutes the mission on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of P-Amass and E-Amass. The two second cycle institutions have already paid their due to mother Ghana.