How Some Schools Are Supporting VAG
By EX WO1 Bright Segbefia:
Three non-public schools have demonstrated their support for veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) without measure. They have been very impressive in whatever they do in support of VAG. Faith Montessori School at Gbawe, Roman Ridge School, and Lincoln Community Schools, all in Accra, are the institutions under review.
For Faith Montessori, established 27 years ago, not only is it the largest financial donor to VAG. It also breaks its record every year. In 2014, its GHC18, 000.00 donation to VAG put it in a pole position. In 2015, however, it smashed that record with an amount of GHC25, 000.00.
Just before the donation, done on the Remembrance Day at the Greater Accra Office, some students and two of their teachers were at the Remembrance Day Parade at the Osu War cemetery to observe the proceedings. Asked why this special and superlative interest in the affairs of VAG, the proprietor of the school, Mr Oswal Amoo-Gottfried, revealed that he was touched by the conditions of veterans he saw some time ago at the Legion village in Accra. He, therefore, took it upon himself to do whatever he could to support the veterans.
He said though the children voluntarily donate during Poppy Appeal season based on the education they receive from the school, he and his wife, Emma, decided that a certain percentage of the profit generated by the school be set aside to add up to whatever would come from the school children for VAG. He described the sacrifices of soldiers for the peace of the country as enormous for which they deserve the support of all those in a position to support them.
In the case of Roman Ridge School, besides receiving a talk on the Poppy from VAG upon their own request, they, on 11 November, held the Remembrance Day event on their compound. Some school children joined their teachers to observe a minute’s silence in memory of all security personnel who died in line of duty.
Mrs Gloria Awuku-Boateng, a teacher of the school, disclosed that the school has it as part of its curriculum to teach Primary pupils, something that the school has been doing for a little over half a decade with the aim to educating the children on both the First and Second World Wars.
This, she noted, would inspire them be patriotic like the veterans. Five wreaths were laid, one each on behalf of staff, parents, board of directors, and students.
Ms Gloria explained that though the children learn about 1st and 2nd WWs as part of British curriculum, and it is compulsory for all British curriculum-based schools, she takes it upon herself as a community service to educate the school about it and ‘encourage our children to give for a worthy course.’
Upon an invitation from Lincoln Community School for a talk of the Poppy to a class, the A/PRO, VAG, was there a day before the Remembrance Day. It was merely a discussion, as the students had already been taught about 1&2 WWs and the Poppy. Both schools later brought their donations to VAG and we are most grateful to everyone who made a donation.