Morgan International Community School (MICS) in Ghana celebrated its 10th anniversary and graduated its seventh batch of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students on Saturday June 3, 2023.
MICS, located at Gomoa Manso, a small town in the Central region of Ghana, has become a center of academic excellence, providing quality education to students from Ghana and beyond.
The graduation ceremony, held at the school’s campus was a colorful event that attracted students, parents, academics, government appointees, chiefs and traditional authorities, crème de la crème of the society and dignitaries from across the country.
It was on the theme: “Excellent Endeavours: A Decade of Collaborative Learning Amid Challenging Times”.
The graduates, dressed in their academic robes and mortarboards, walked proudly to receive their diplomas. The ceremony was a testimony to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of the graduates and their teachers.
The school’s administrators, staff, and students were all excited to celebrate the school’s momentous 10th anniversary and the graduation of the seventh batch of IB students.
Delivering a keynote address on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast at the event, Provost of College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast, Prof. Ernest K. Davis commended Morgan International Community School for contributing to preparing high-quality human resources equipped with 21st century skills in a bid to help solve the world’s problem for the past year through the delivery of quality, relevant and holistic education in Ghana and beyond.
He urged all and sundry to acknowledge the fact that provision of quality, relevant and holistic education is a collective responsibility, adding: “all of us must therefore play our part to ensure that the future generation obtains high quality, relevant and holistic education”.
Speaking at the ceremony, the school’s Founder, Reverend Obed Danquah addressed the graduates, reflecting on their years at MICS including their contributions and encouraged them to make a positive difference in the world.
“You are the sparkling lights of our school community, our graduating class. Your tenacity, determination, and dedication to personal development have brought you to this critical milestone.
As you go on new adventures, may you carry with you the information, skills and values you learned at Morgan International Community School. I have confidence that you will continue to have a positive impact on the world and reach incredible heights,” he said.
In commemoration of a decade of transformative education, growth and achievements chalked by the school, Rev. Danquah attributed it to the combined efforts of the school’s committed instructors, industrious staff, passionate students and supportive parents.
“We have worked together to create a lively community that represents the principles of quality, diversity, and a love of lifelong learning”, he posited.
In his concluding remark which he captioned: “10-year-old journey and the way forward of MICS”, Rev. Obed Danquah outlined the vision of the school in the next decade.
He revealed that looking ahead in time, and bearing in mind the era of technology, the school envisages to enhance its teaching and learning abilities in training students who have career aspirations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is hoped to positively divert employment from the year 2027.
“They would be prepared towards areas of industry relevant curriculum such as Python, Machine learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Natural Networks and Deep Learning etc.
We hope to engage such trainers from India in particular, where AI educational settings seem more vibrant in recent years. Therefore, beginning next academic year, MICS shall start an extra-curriculum in Artificial Intelligence to attract students into this area of new career path”, he further noted.
According to him, the proposed curriculum in addition to the national program would efficiently position MICS towards greater achievements in all areas of academic endeavours to prepare students to reach greater heights wherever they find themselves and to help bring a change in global economic, political, educational and financial environment.
In a speech delivered on behalf of Rev. Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister for Education, Mrs Sheila Naah-Boamah, Technical Advisor Pre-Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education congratulated the founder, board and members of Morgan International Community School for their 10th year of existence and sustaining jobs in the Gomoa Manso community over the past ten years.
Conveying the kind words of the Deputy Education Minister to the school on a day which marks its 10th anniversary day, Mrs. Naah-Boamah maintained that the Ministry was excited to be invited to grace the momentous occasion and equally observe the excelling performances put up by the school.
While congratulating the graduates for excelling in their academic laurels, she said: “I believe you felt very confident and prepared for the next level ahead. Observing the pride with which you took your various awards, I see that you’re excited to be moving on and watching the joy of parents, I encourage you to repeat if not improve upon your performance to give your parents many more opportunities to celebrate your performance”.
Reacting to the vision shared by the founder of MICS, Rev. Obed Danquah in his concluding remark which highlighted the school’s plan to enhance its teaching and learning abilities in training students who have career aspirations in Artificial Intelligence in the next decade, she said: “we will continue to see how this vision integrate with outgoing academic policies and ensure that by the deadline he has given we will have students not just from Morgan International Community School but from Ghana as a whole producing pupils to participate at the highest level in evolving demands of the world of work”.
Head of the School, Ms. Cecilia Adzo Wofesor in her welcome address lauded the graduands for their successes and reminded them of their roles in life demanded by the world which encompasses manifestations and great impact.
He charged them to go into the world knowing that they have acquired all the prerequisite skills and traits to survive and thrive in their communities.
“I urge you all to not forget the values and skills imbued in you by the school. As you leave the school, be ambassadors of the school and help maintain or increase the set standards of Morgan International Community School”, she said.
The valedictorian of the graduating class, Grace Elinam Ahadjie, also addressed her fellow graduates, thanking the faculty and staff for their immense support and encouragement.
“The journey of undertaking the IBDP curriculum here at Morgan International Community School has been a challenging one but one for which we are immensely grateful for because it has molded us into better versions of ourselves. There were times, we got to our wit ends but our teachers encouraged us”.
For his part, the school’s Deputy Head, Bright Andoh congratulated the graduating students while highlighting the importance of the IB program in preparing students for their future endeavours. He also expressed his gratitude to the parents and teachers for their unwavering support, which played a significant role in the students’ success.
The graduating class of 2023 comprised 17 students, 15 of whom were Ghanaians, while the rest were from the United States and Germany. The students had successfully completed the International Baccalaureate programme, one of the most rigorous and respected academic qualifications globally.
The ceremony witnessed the recognition of some deserving students for their outstanding achievements and hard work.
Grace Elinam Ahadjie was adjudged the Best Academic Performer-IBDP, while Trudy Afua Asaaba Sackey emerged Best Academic Performer-IGCSE.
The Best Academic Performer Lower Secondary goes to Sonia Inkum while Vanessa Osafo-Kwaako picked up the Best Academic Result-IGCSE.
The Best Academic Result-Checkpoint Examination went to Alfred Osafo Kwaako while Papa Kwesi Otoo Amoo was named the Most Innovative Student including Yayra Boven Fiahagbe who was declared the Well-rounded Student Award winner.
For the sports category of awards, Adwoa Molly Amoo was adjudged the Best in Sports-Girls while Seth Devin Owusu was named winner for the Best in Sports-Boys.
The event climaxed with the cutting of the school’s 10th year anniversary cake which was performed by the Rev. Obed Danquah with support of management and some dignitaries.
The International Baccalaureate programme is designed to prepare students for university education by offering them a broad-based, holistic, and challenging curriculum. The programme emphasizes critical thinking, research skills, community service, and intercultural understanding. It also promotes international-mindedness, preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the globalized world.
The IB programme at MICS has been a success story. Over the years, MICS has consistently produced top-performing students, with many of them earning scholarships to study at prestigious universities around the world. The IB programme has created a culture of academic excellence at MICS, attracting students who are passionate about learning and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals.
The graduates of the MICS Class of 2023 have made their mark in various fields of study. Some have been accepted to Iowa State University in the United States, while others have secured places at top-ranked universities in Europe and Asia. They are poised to make a positive impact in their respective fields of study and contribute to the development of Ghana and the world at large.
The success of MICS can be attributed to the vision and leadership, its founder Reverend Obed Danquah who established the college in 2013.
Rev. Danquah recognized the need for a world-class institution that would provide high-quality education to students in Ghana and beyond within an environment that is culturally responsive.
MICS has lived up to that vision, offering courses in Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Languages with a school curriculum designed to be rigorous and stimulating.
Morgan International Community School is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), Ghana Education Service (GES) National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), Cambridge International Education and is recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
The school provides a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum that is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their academic and social skills, as well as their cultural understanding.
Its curriculum is designed to promote academic excellence, promote multiculturalism, and instill strong ethics and values
Some other curriculum offered by MICS include the Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE), Lower Secondary and Primary Programs for students.
The school’s IB program is particularly renowned as it is recognized as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive academic programs globally. It focuses on developing critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. It also places a strong emphasis on community service and encourages students to take an active role in local and global issues.
The school’s achievements have been significant since its establishment in 2011, and it has continued to grow each year. This growth can be attributed to the school’s relentless pursuit of excellence in education and commitment to delivering excellent learning outcomes to its students.
Morgan International Community School’s success is not only measured by its academic achievements but also by the achievements of its alumni. The graduates from MICS have gone on to pursue successful careers in various fields and have made significant contributions to their respective communities.
As MICS celebrates its 10th anniversary, the college is committed to building on its achievements and contributing to the development of Ghana and the world.
Source:Joseph Kobla Wemakor|humanrightsreporters.com