Ho, March 24, GNA - Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P.) Church Mawuko Girls Senior High School, Ho, has celebrated its 30 years birthday, having been born in the difficult year of 1983.
The first Girls Senior High School by the E.P. Church in Ghana and the Volta Region, Mawuko Girls is a valuable legacy of the late Very Reverend Professor Noah Komla Dzobo, former Moderator, his wife Mrs Vida Aku Sika Dzobo, and the 40th Synod of the Church, on whose laps the school was born.
But for a group of 12 defiant mothers, Mawuko Womens Association led by Mrs Dzobo, Mawuko, as the school is affectionately called, would at worst be still-born and at best not of the stature it has assumed.
Like a mother, this group of women defied the then government debordinisation policy to mobilize resources through lay preaching, sale of used clothes, and appeal for funds and materials and with the help of Mr Theo Gadzanku, a contractor, erected a hostel in 1985 for the pioneer students to keep them out of harms way.
The Association managed the hostel for 12 long years until 1997 when the school was approved as a boarding school.
Until then the pioneer students were like chicken left at the mercy of marauding wolves of men who were devouring the young girls.
At the helm during those unchartered early years of the School was the stern disciplinarian Margaret Nutsugah, for whom many of the students developed a-love-and- hate admiration because of her uncompromising stance on discipline.
Successive Headmistresses, Rosemund Keteku, Judith Amata Osae-Agawu, Ablata Mawufemor Ansah and Janet Akosua Kwasi, all brought their unique attributes, styles, values and qualities to bear on the character formation and stature of the school.
Today, 30 years on, Mawuko Girls with the motto, Educate a woman for God and educate a whole nation for God, has joined her elder sister School, 60- year old OLA Girls of the Catholic Church, as the second public girls Senior High School in the Volta Region.
Glory be to God, great things He has done that is why we must rejoice was the solidarity message from OLA to Mawuko.
The stock of infrastructure at Mawuko, though not at full complement, is at least an encouraging improvement on the sprinkling of colonial German pieces of architecture inherited at birth.
From afar, the School could be identified by its blue corrugated roofs.
This growth arose mainly from the governments drive to expand opportunities for young girls to discover and develop their potentials through formal education to the highest level possible.
Indications are that Mawuko Girls Senior High School could soon out-grow its limited land space appropriated partly from Mawuli School, Ho Kpodzi cluster of Schools and the E.P. Church Headquarters when the full complement of infrastructure comes to be developed.
This would include science laboratories, additional dormitories, an assembly hall, and teachers bungalows.
The Headmistress of the School, Ms Janet Kwasi, acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the Parent Teacher Association, the Ghana Education Trust Fund, Old Mawuko Girls Association, Members of Parliament, and individuals, and other groups to the growth of the School.
To the Mawuko Girls Senior High School however, the greatest benefactor is God, depicted in its Ewe name Mawuko, only God, Gye Nyame in Akan, and the Ewe slogan Mawuko Mayor, it is God I will call with a finger pointing towards the sky.
As part of the 30 years celebration the School unveiled two brass effigies, a bust of its founder the late Very Reverend Professor Dzobo, and a finger pointing towards the sky.