Hon. István Jakab, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Hungary visits Ghana between 20-26 November. The purpose of the parliamentary delegation’s visit is to strengthen the cooperation between the two Parliaments as well as to develop bilateral ties in the fields of agriculture and food industry. Hon. Jakab is an agricultural engineer by training, he is an honorary associate professor of the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE), the president of the Association of Hungarian Farmers’ Communities and Cooperatives (MAGOSZ) and the founding president of Africa Knowledge Center of Hungary.
Hon. Jakab will be received by Hon. Alban S. K. Bagbin, Speaker and Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana. He is scheduled to meet with Hon. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, Minister of Environment, Sciences, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry and Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture.
Hon. Jakab will pay a visit to the University of Ghana and will meet Prof. Ms. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice Chancellor, give a lecture on agriculture and use this opportunity to open an Eehibition commemorating 60 years of the Ghanaian-Hungarian Diplomatic Relations in cooperation with the Centre of European Studies of the University of Ghana.
The delegation plans to have an audience with Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II Asantehene, Chancellor of KNUST, Nana Otuobour Djankwasi II, Chief of Aburi and Osabarima Kwesi Atta VI, Chief of Cape Coast.
Hon. Jakab will have a meeting with Dr. Joseph S. Agyepong, Chairman of Jospong Group, Prof. Victor Agyeman, Director General and the Directorate of the CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He plans to meet Most. Rev. Charles G. Palmer-Buckle Archbishop, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, the president of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach and Rev. Andy Odonkor Presbyterian Pastor.
He will take a look at the Kumasi waste water treatment plant built with Hungarian technology, the Hungarian reference farm at the CSIR in Kumasi, the CSIR Aquaculture Research and Development Center in Akosombo, the Akosombo Dam, the Aburi Botanic Gardens, the Newill Academy in Koforidua donated by the Hungary Helps Program. His landmark visit will contribute to the friendly relations between Ghana and Hungary.
Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis
In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections.
This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.
Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.
In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.
Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.
The Solar Project
This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.
In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared: “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”
Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.
she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.
Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.
The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana.
This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.