Friday, 19 July

Labone SDA Church school celebrates 40 years of holistic Christian education

40 years of holistic Christian education

The Labone Seventh Day Adventist Church School in the Greater Accra Region, established in 1984 with just five children, has grown significantly over the past four decades. 

Today, the school boasts numerous alumni who have become lawyers, engineers, building contractors, nurses, doctors, and other professionals contributing to the nation's development.

The theme for the special 40th-anniversary celebration is "40 Years of Imparting Holistic Christian Education Empowering the Next Generation through STEM and Innovation."

Pastor Dr. Solomon Okoe Trebi Hammond reminisced about the past, highlighting the importance of vocational and technical education during his youth, which emphasized practical learning over theoretical instruction. 

He shared his pride in the Labone SDA School, which his children also attended. 

Citing Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, he remarked, "When the fundamentals are weak, the dollar will expose you," underscoring the importance of a solid educational foundation. 

Pastor Hammond noted that his sons, who attended the SDA school, are now successful engineers and professionals traveling the world. 

He also emphasized the development of the school's science and music laboratories, which have equipped students with valuable skills.

Pastor Hammond advised students to take their education seriously and to learn to play musical instruments, such as the keyboard, which can be both enjoyable and profitable.

Elder Yaw Tweneboa-Kodua, a member of the anniversary planning committee, outlined the upcoming anniversary events

. The celebration began with the official launch and a float through the principal streets of Labone, Osu, and Cantonments on July 2, 2024. Key events include:

• Intra-Houses Competition (Soccer and Quiz): July 23, 2024

• 40th Anniversary Speech & Prize-Giving, Graduation Ceremony: July 25, 2024

• Alumni Networking and Homecoming: September 12, 2024

• Community Service Day: September 26, 2024

• Grand Durbar and Photo Exhibition: October 25, 2024

• Thanksgiving Service: October 26, 2024

Elder E.A. Hanson, the school board chairman, encouraged alumni to participate in the celebration and support the school. 

He also urged current students' parents to join in making this anniversary memorable.