The book launch which took place at the College of Physicians and surgeons on 8th March 2017 attracted Santaclausians (Old Students of Adisadel College) from all walks of lives and non-santaclausians.
Speaking about the book, a member of the Santaclausian 1992-year group Mr. Prince Mensah revealed that, the book is not about Adisadel college alone but offers a small glimpse into the possibilities of Ghanaian education.
“This book is a glimpse of the struggles the school had to go through in order to attain excellence. This book is about the untold stories and the stories of personal sacrifices. The Adisadel win is just a microcosm of what a lot of schools in Ghana are going through. There are a lot of schools that do not have teachers and other resources that are needed to make them perform at optimal level. The Adisadel story is just a conversation starter” he stated.
He also entreated the current students of Adisadel College to always strive for excellence irrespective of the challenges they face on their journey to academic success.
“This book Is to give you a benchmark of what you and people behind you should do. You should never settle for less. Even when you’re not given what you need, that is not an excuse, we have no excuse to be mediocre. There are a lot of people who do not have what we have. There are a lot of people who have to cross rivers, lakes, and ponds to go to school but we have the resources of teachers who are devoted” Mr. Mensah added.
“We can do better. We should all in our own small way be the excellence that we want in Ghana. Ghana can learn from the Adisadel story and become a standard in African education” he continued.
Otwasuom Nana Nyampong
The guest speaker for the occasion, Otwasuom Nana Nyampong, stated that the Adisadel National Science and Mass Quiz conquest chronicled in the book “Vel Primus” should not be the end but rather a source of joy and optimism.
“It should be the beginning of greater things to come. It should be the springboard for the unity of minds aimed at mobilizing and bringing out the very best among our youth not only on the Adisadel hill but across the entire breadth of this country” he said.
As part of Erratic Truth’s mission to advance Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics Education in Ghana, they provided Mr. Theophilus Acheampong, an Adisadel old student who couldn’t afford his university education with a 4-year academic scholarship to enroll at the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa.
They also collaborated with Adisadel 1988-year group and donated GH₡3000 towards the expansion of Adisadel College dining hall to serve the school community as a whole.
Erratic truth foundation also supported the Adisadel Science and Maths Quiz team with 3 laptops, financial support and renovated their study room.
They also intend to build individual STEAM hubs (Piloting in Ghana), collaborate with local STEAM businesses to provide externships and other immersion experiences, support local area schools with access to laboratory equipment, support practical application of knowledge in communities via community development projects, supplement and support existing educational systems.
Report by Desmond Kofi Tawiah.