Monday, 3 February 2014

The Most Powerful Tool For Change

Nelson Mandela made a profound statement about education and one cannot deny the truth in his statement that "Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world". 
In as much as the statement by the late President of South Africa; Nelson Mandela is true, we can also not deny the fact that the development of a country lies in the education of its people and that a country that does not take education to heart stands to ruin.

All luxurious stuff can be given to a child by a parent but without education all the things that are given the child becomes meaningless. This is because the child could lose all the things given him/her in a twinkle of an eye through disaster; being it natural or artificial (earthquake, fire, flood, abusive guardian etc). But education is the only legacy, inheritance or property that can be given to a child and would last for a life time or cannot be taken away from him/her. This is because education becomes an in built property and remains in the brain or head of the child.

It is sad that some children are deny access to this most powerful weapon in the world that can assist them to be influential people in their communities.
Space and time will not allow for names to be mentioned of people who have in one way or the other influenced their society in particular and country in general. We cannot forget the influence and contribution of Nelson Mandela, Komla Dumor , Kwame Nkrumah, Margaret Thatcher (all deceased), President Obama and all the democratically elected presidents of countries, just to mention a few.
They found/find themselves where they were and are now as a result of their ability to having the opportunity to have access to the most powerful weapon for change; education.

Human Capital and Social Development International (HuCASDEVI); knowing and realising the relevance of education in the development of communities, especially deprived ones is embarking on an educational promotion campaign to promote education in deprived communities.
The campaign or project dubbed "The Most Powerful Tool for Change", uses drama to educate deprived communities on the imporance of education to the development of the community and also to encourage parents and guardians to ensure that their children have access to this tool.

The first project or campaign starts on Valentine’s Day, 14th February, 2014 at Otinibi  in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
A visit to the stone quarry site
Parent and children involved
The main economic activity in Otinibi is stone quarrying and most people including children are involved in this activity. Children are quarrymen at the expense of education and as stated above a community or country that does not take education seriously stand to ruin and lacks behind in terms of development. Students from the Otinibi Basic School are the characters in the drama, that educate viewers what education can do to a community. It is a story about three families with two of them taking education very seriously and the other seeing it as a waste of time. To know the whole story join the whole community and invited special guest on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 09:00 to 12:00 GMT at the premises of St. Augustus School Complex in Otinibi.

Attending the occasion on that day or invited people include: Hon. Anku; Municipal Chief Executive for La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly, Chief of Otinibi, Heads of educational institutions etc.
Invited media houses or stations are United Television (UTv), Multi TV, Net2, TV Africa and GTV. Also Adom FM and Peace FM are also covering the programme.

Sponsors for the day are Africa Cola, Eva Cool Water, La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly, Pen & Plastic, Multipro (Indomie) and Fan Milk Ghana.

Quarrymen instead of students
HuCASDEVI hope to increase the school enrolment rate in Otinibi and encourage students and parents to take education seriously as it is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world.

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