Wesley Girls ’74 Group Launches Foundation To Raise GHC100,000 For School


Accra, November 6, 2014: The 1974 Year Group of Wesley Girls High School has launched a Foundation from which resources will be drawn to support education of needy students who would normally not be able to make it to school due to financial constraints.

The Foundation to be funded through contributions and donations from all who believe in excellence as a key ingredient for national development and livelihood improvement, will support education of underprivileged students from across the country at Wesley Girls High School, teacher welfare and the development and maintenance of infrastructure in Wesley Girls High School.

The Foundation envisages raising GHC 100, 000 by January 2015. In her welcome remarks, the Vice President of the ’74 Year Group, Mrs. Paulina Dadzawa said products of the Wesley Girls High School are always grateful for the privilege of being part of the training that built in them values that are the secret behind the success stories of Wey Gey Hey girls in different spheres of lives.

Mrs. Betty Dzokoto, the Headmistress of the school, an old girl, chaired the launch. She shared impressive statistics about the performance of the school as follows:

1. The overall National Best WASSCE candidate in Ghana and West Africa for 2011, Overall National Third Best candidate in 2011 and the best candidate in General Science in 2011.

2. The overall National Best WASSCE candidate in Ghana and West Africa for 2012 and 2013

3. The overall 1st and 2nd Best WASSCE candidate in West Africa for 2013 and the best Business candidate in Ghana in 2013.

4. The overall National Best WASSCE candidates in Ghana in Business, Visual Arts and Home Economics in 2012.

President of the 1974 Year Group of the Wesley Girls High School, Ms. Esther A.N. Cobbah noted that the values instilled in all Wesley Girls over nearly two centuries have significantly shaped the lives of all girls who have passed through the school and hence the inspiring achievements and success stories of most students of the school.

Ms. Cobbah, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa noted that the 1974 Year Group felt the best way to give back to their Alma Mata was to establish a Foundation to mobilise resources to ensure that the next generation of female leaders benefit from the Wesley Girls legacy.

Ms Cobbah said, ‘Wesley Girls High School is known for its commitment to excellence. This pursuit of excellence is exhibited by products of the school. This is just what Ghana needs to facilitate its development. Thus the ultimate goal of the ’74 Year Group Foundation is to promote excellence.’

She added ‘As a nation, we still have many girls to train and educate. The ’74 Year Group Foundation is committed to contributing to the education of brilliant but needy girls from all parts of the country at Wesley Girls High School. We are committed to creating opportunities for needy students from all parts of the country to benefit from the Wesley Girls High School excellence…… You invest in excellence in Ghana when you contribute to the Wesley Girls High School ‘74 Year Group Foundation.’’

Delivering a keynote address at the launch of the Wesley Girls High School 1974 Year Group Foundation, Prof. Efua Hesse, a Paediatrician Surgeon and an old girl of the school, commended the leadership of the Year Group for mooting this noble idea to mobilise resources for the advancement of education in the country.

“It is not enough to rest on our accomplishments as women, it’s more important to ensure that no other brilliant child is left at home due to financial reasons’, Prof. Hesse urged. She encouraged all old girls of the school and the general public to be part of this investment in excellence.

The launch was attended by members of the 1974 Year Group, other Old Students of Wesley Girls High School and Ms. Bertha Clottey, a former teacher of the Wesley Girls High School.

About Wesley Girls’ High School 1974 Year Group Foundation

The 1974 Year Group of Wesley Girls High School is marking 40 years since they graduated from the school. In accordance with the tradition of the school, the ’74 year group will make a presentation to the school. The 74 Year Group has decided as its contribution, to set up a Foundation from which resources can be drawn to support education of needy students who would normally not be able to make it to Wesley Girls High School due to financial constraints. In addition, the Foundation will support the maintenance of the school’s infrastructure and contribute to teacher welfare.

It hopes to mobilize GHC100, 000 by January 2015. The Foundation has a number of short, medium and long term activities lined up to mobilize resources to support underprivileged students from across the country at Wesley Girls High School. Members of the general public and old girls of the school are encouraged to contribute to this worthy cause. The first presentation from the Foundation will be presented to the school at its next Speech and Prizing Giving Day on 7th February, 2015.

Account details are as follows:
Account Name: The WGHS 74 Year Group Foundation
Bank Name: UT Bank
Account Number: 000126202037018
Foreign Account
Account Name: The WGHS 74 Year Group Foundation
Bank Name: UT Bank
Currency: US Dollar ($)
Account Number: 1071262037035
P. O. Box TF 149, Trade Fair, La, Accra
E: [email protected],

About Wesley Girls’ High School
The school was founded by the wife of the 2nd Methodist Missionary to the Gold Coast, Mrs. Harriet Wrigley in 1836 with 25 girls. Her aim was to give the girls basic training in housekeeping and catechism. Subjects taught included writing, reading, sewing and religious education. Classes were held at the Manse, in the Standfast Hall near the Victoria Part in Cape Coast.

However, five months after arrival, Mrs. Wrigley died. It was not until 1836 that an efficient school head in the person of Mrs. Elizabeth Waldron took over the running of the school. She administered the school for 43 good years and laid a solid foundation for what was to become the Wesleyan Girls’ School and Training home. Values such as fortitude, integrity and truthfulness soon became the hallmarks of the products of the school. Their high academic ability encouraged the Methodist church to agree to the provision of higher education for girls.

Consequently, in 1884, Rev. W. M. Cannell who was then the Headmaster of Mfantsipim School started the Secondary section with 20 girls. The two levels; primary and secondary continued by fits and starts and were sometimes closed down due to acute shortage of funding. It even suffered a temporary loss of identity when it had to team up with Mfantsipim as a co-educational secondary school under a new name, The Collegiate School. By 1900, the school was on its own again with Mrs. H. J. Ellis as the Headmistress.

Vision
The vision of the Wesley Girls High School is to produce God-fearing, well-balanced and self-confident individuals who are capable of taking the challenges of a fast-changing world in their stride whilst making the most of every opportunity for self-development and service to mankind.

Mission
We strive to achieve this vision by help of the Lord Jesus Christ on whom the school is built whilst pursuing the following:

1.Creating a propitious environment for the spiritual and moral development of each Girl.

2. Putting in place a frame work in which each girl can develop to the full, talents with which she may be endowed, while respecting those of others.

3. Providing what it takes to attain the highest academic standard.

4. Developing in each girl the capacity for quick, reasoned responses to challenges

5. Developing in the individual an awareness of her responsibilities to the community and the broader society to which she belongs.

The motto of the school is:

Live pure
Speak true
Right wrong
Follow the King

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