By Francisca Stokes Atta-Eyison, GNA
Shama (WR), March 6, GNA - The Shama District celebrated the 61st Independence Anniversary with a well-attended parade of school children at the Shama Secondary School park in Shama.
The Day marked with march past involving contingents from 11 primary schools, 10 Junior high schools, 4 Senior High Schools and members of the Red Cross Society had Rosemary Aboagye from Shama S.H.S as the parade commander.
Speaking on the theme:” Ghana Beyond Aid”, the District Director of Education, Mr Charles Newman said the theme for the occasion was appropriate because the country has been over dependent on aid and this has hindered the growth and development of the country.
He said dependence on aid has placed Ghana in a situation where Ghanaians expect the outside world to provide virtually everything including schools, hospitals and roads.
Mr Newman urged Ghanaians to eschew selfishness, wickedness, greediness and corrupt practices adding that attitudinal change and teamwork was the only way to build a better Ghana.
To the students, he entreated them to be serious with their studies since education was the gateway to advance globally.
Mr Joseph Amoah, the District Chief Executive, who read the presidential address, noted that to achieve our goal as a country, it required a deliberate and quantitative change in all aspects of lives especially in infrastructure, economy and the education of the youth.
‘’Ghana is endowed with many natural resources such as cocoa, gold, oil, timber, diamond etc but the current state of the nation does not reflect the reality”, he added.
‘’To effectively harness our own resources, creatively and efficiently deploy them for rapid economic and social transformation requires the collective effort and creativity of all Ghanaians’’.
He said the passing of the Right to Information Bill would increase transparency and become another weapon to the armoury in the fight against corruption.
The occasion was used to honour two students; a male and female who excelled in the 2017 B.E.C.E.
Master John Afful, now at G.S.T.S, and Miss Josephine Addae now at Archbishop Porter Secondary School attained aggregate 6 and 7 respectively.GNA