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This year's edition of 'My first day at school' in the Weija-Gbawe municipality has been marked.

The Mallam Cluster of Schools, on Thursday 19th January 2023 was a hub of activity.

The annual event was graced with a ministerial visit of a delegation from Sierra Leone.

The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education in Sierra Leone, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, was the special guest of honour.

He was welcomed to the cluster with cultural displays and flower bouquet by the pupils of the Gonsee 1 Basic School.

He was accompanied by a team of education experts including the Country Director of the Right to Play, Madam Any Mina.

Led by the Member of Parliament (MP) of the Weija-Gbawe Constituency, Hon. Tina Mensah and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly (WGMA), Hon. Patrick Kumor, team visited the Mallam  M/A 1Basic KG where they interacted with the teachers and new pupils.

The children were given files with books, pencils and crayons. 

Bars of chocolate were, also, given to them.

The group then moved to the durbar ground where other dignitaries were seated.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah and the Regional Director of Education, were present.

Other dignitaries included the queen mother of Lafa, Naa Tawia Afia, the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Andrew Oppong Amoako, heads of institutions, teachers and parents.

The entourage from Sierra Leone was in the country for a 'Bilateral Learning Exchange On Quality Education'.

It is, basically, integrating play-based learning to improve foundational skills and learning outcomes.

Hon. Patrick Kwesi Brako Kumor (MCE), in his welcome address, commended the Municipal Education Directorate, led by Mr. Charles Odoom, for their hard work amidst challenges.

He mentioned the nearly completed Science based senior high school at Weija and the efforts of the MP in developmental projects in the municipality.

There was a classroom lesson observation by the team where they observed emerging evidence on pupil learning outcomes.

They looked at integrating child-centred, active and creative pedogogies in the government education system.

Hon. Tina Naa Ayele Mensah (MP), who is a Deputy Minister of Health, in her closing remarks, mentioned the hard work of the MCE and his team and urged for more hard work.

She thanked the delegation from Sierra Leone and hoped that the day's activities have been worthwhile.

Julius Sarpei,
PRO, Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly.