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Very Reverend Samuel Ofori-Akyea of the Methodist Church has called on parents to make the welfare and education of their children their paramount concern and refrain from lavish expenditures.
He said this was important as education held the key to the future of children and the nation at large.
Very Reverend Samuel Ofori-Akyea, Director of the Children’s Ministry of the Methodist Church, made the call on Sunday at this year’s Methodist Church of Ghana’s national Scholarship Award Service for needy students at the Wesley Methodist Cathedral in Cape Coast.
In all 32 needy students comprising 15 males and 17 females at the Senior High School (SHS) level selected from all the 15 Dioceses of the Methodist Church across the country were awarded educational scholarships.
The Scholarship Scheme which was set up about 12-years ago for needy but brilliant students seeks to offer them the opportunity to achieve higher academic laurels and also improve on the character of the students.
The Scheme has so far sponsored about 734 students between the ages of 14 and 21-years in Senior High Schools and pre-tertiary institutions.
Very Rev Ofori-Akyea said since the inception of the Scheme the Church has raised a total of GH¢203,082.01 through contributions from groups and individual members and a total of about GH¢37,000.00 will be spent on the students this year.
He said parents, the school, community and church are all strategic stakeholders in the upbringing of the child and urged them to play their respective roles and bring them up in the fear of the Lord.
He also called on the media, particularly TV stations to control what was shown on the screens so that the children will pick up positive things to learn from.
Very Rev Ofori-Akyea was grateful to all who had contributed to the success of the Scheme and called for more support to enable the Church expand its effort.