“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” Forest E. Witcraft. For every child, three important institutions play vital roles in shaping its attitude and future prospects. These are the family, the school and the community. It is these institutions that socialise, inculcate values and norms, as well as anchoring the child for a firm and glorious future. It is no doubt that education can be the change agent in everyone’s life. However, this is predicated on quality education that imparts vision. It is the kind of education that teaches the students how to think and not what to think. One institution that have excelled over the years in the business of giving quality education, transforming lives and building the future is Alpha Beta Educational Centre, Accra, Ghana. Transforming lives and inculcating the values of excellence, perseverance and integrity are some of the affirming realities of the centre.
In 1988, Sammy and Florence Adjepong began a Montessori Learning Centre in their home in Dansoman, a suburb in the outskirts of Accra Ghana with a vision to help lay good foundation and transform the lives of little children. Today, 22 years after, many lives have been transformed and Alpha Beta Education Centre is still in the business of making a difference
through the provision of excellent and quality education.
Alpha Beta Educational Centre is a group of schools comprising the Nursery, Primary and Secondary arms. The owners of the school have a vision to establish a tertiary institution in a near future. The school presently enjoys towering popularity and a high demand for admission due to its high academic and moral standards. Its unique approach to learning has earned the school many honours at the local, state and national level. Early this year, The British Council in Accra gave the institution with “The Most innovative and Resourceful Private School of the Year 2009” award. But that’s not what keeps Alpha Beta going. It is the desire to help kids succeed, promote civic responsibility and character and build students into responsible citizens and enviable change agents.
From cradle to adolescent, through a holistic educational development approach, the institution seeks to give a leading edge to its students and develop in them self-driven desires, skills and the capacity to meet the challenges of an emerging world. It also helps expose children to a rich and varied teaching and learning environment which seeks to broaden their outlook, encourage the best examples of Christian morality and service to others. In line with its 20th anniversary celebrations: ‘making a difference’, the Centre has in its own way touched many lives and made a difference. Alpha Beta Education Centre has been involved in lots of corporate social responsibilities in Ghana. They have consistently supported various children in the countryside Orphanage at Bawjiasi, the Ghana State School for the Deaf, the Ghana School for the Blind and the School for the Blind at Akropong. The Institution has also helped to build, equip and staff a modern community library and also rehabilitated the Zamrama line, one of the access roads to the school area in Accra. These charitable gestures are in line with the institution’s vision to positively touch lives and impact the community.
But the journey to the top has not been an all fair weather affair. When Mrs Adjepong and her husband decided in 1986 to return home from a blossoming career in England, that decision was not an easy one. It was a step from the known to the unknown. According to her, it has been a journey of faith. She said ‘it has taken years to get from our humble beginnings to where we are today. it has been years of hard work, of strategising, of trials and failures; always moving towards achievement and victory, never giving up, never loosing hope and always having the faith that we are going to make it, no matter what’.
For many years to come, the contributions of Sammy and Florence Adjepong, founders and coordinators of Alpha Beta College, will remain appreciated not only for their role in elevating the academic landscape of Ghana, but much more for building the future and bringing positive transformations to many lives.
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