The Akwamumanhene, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, has charged educators to ensure that training for future leaders is one that is responsive to the demands of the continuously evolving world.
He noted that the successful leader of the future is a wholistic one equiped with advanced soft and hard skills, and has the ability to “respond to the demand for global collaboration, adapting quickly to a continuously evolving world.”
He charged educators to inspire the young people under their tutelage to develop skills that last a lifetime by setting high expectations of themselves to pursue the type of dreams that place them in positions to be positive role models.
Speaking at the 60th anniversary of Akosombo International School, he stressed that “it is important therefore that you as educators, will continue to focus on developing their intellectual achievement, as well as help them develop their social, emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual development.”
Present at the occasion were Nana Baffour Awuah, Director at the Ministry of Education, who represented the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, and the Minister of Education, Dr, Yaw Osei Adutwum.
Others are the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Director of the VRA, Nananom of Akwamu and its surrounding communities among others including Old and current students of Akosombo International School (AIS).
Touching on the theme: ‘Educating tomorrow’s leaders today’, the Akwamumanhene posed two relevant questions for both educators and other stakeholders to ponder on.
“Going by the theme, the first question that springs to mind is “why must we educate future leaders today?” Simply put, we must do so because it is essential to our survival as a nation. We cannot afford to wait until these young people become adults before attempting to instil leadership qualities in them”, he said.
The Akwamuhene further underscored the need to inculcate culture in the youth.
“I would argue that Ghana’s future leaders must be educated primarily to understand, accept, take pride in, and respect their culture.
” That is the foundation on which every other quality must stand. Afterall, our wise forebears taught us that “A tree without roots cannot stand” however, to operate as global citizens in a modern world, we must accept that future leaders must be educated to “have roots and wings at the same time.”