Presbyterian Church of Ghana Moderator, Rt Rev Prof Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana says there is a need for the country to prioritise holistic education aimed at covering all dimensions of social life.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante explained that every good education should be able to develop people’s cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills to contribute to total development of the society.

He said this at a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 17 to hand over a newly-built Senior High School at Akyem-Bodua in the Eastern Region.

“The Presbyterian Church has a philosophy of education which is in three parts, educating the head, the heart and the hands and it is very important that you choose to come to a Presbyterian school. We are going to train your head which is the academic training but that’s not enough, it’s not holistic.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

“The second part is the heart where we teach you about devotion to God, because we do believe that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge and the beginning of wisdom, and then the third one is your hands.

“From the beginning, we have taught people how to use their hands and that includes how to weed, it includes how to make your bed, to keep your community neat and clean; so, when you come into a Presbyterian school and you don’t want the holistic education, we think you should rather go to a different school,” he noted.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

The construction of the state-of-the-art school building was single-handedly funded by the Chairman of the Universal Hospitals Group, Samuel Patrick Oduro.

The edifice will be named the Presbyterian Model Senior High School.

Mr. Oduro, an indigene of the town named the block after his late mother, Nana Abena Owusua 1.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

The school, built on a two-acre land, has an ICT laboratory, a library, Teachers’ lounge with a kitchen and washrooms, an 18-unit water closet, basement room for storage, a mechanised water system, among other facilities.

In his speech, Mr. Patrick Oduro disclosed that he was motivated by the lack of a Senior High School in the town as well as the educational benefits the Church provided to him.

Education must be holistic to cover all aspects of life - Presby Church Moderator

He entreated parents to take their wards’ education seriously to ensure a better future for them.