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TALK ON EDUCATION

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KONONGO-MAMPONG
1ST DIOCESAN SYNOD

THEME: THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KONONGO MAMPONG IN RETROSPECT: PROSPECTS, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD     24TH MAY – 3RD JUNE 2015

SUBTOPIC: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
PRESENTER: SIR DAVE ANANE DRUYEH 

DELIVERED ON FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015

Definition of A School

    A close examination of the various definitions of school and of new educational trends at every level, leads one to formulate the concept of school as a place of integral formation by means of a systematic and critical assimilation of culture. A school is therefore a privileged place in which through a living encounter with a cultural inheritance, integral formation occurs. This vital approach takes place in the school in the form of personal contacts and commitments which consider absolute values in a life – context and seek to insert them into a life – framework.
    Indeed, culture is only educational when young people can relate their study to real life situations with which they are familiar.
    The school is a facility which offers education to those who access it. And education takes place in the recipient if the exposure produces a person to become useful to himself and society. It must help him spell out the meaning of his experiences and their truths.
    The human capital of every nation is its most valuable asset. Formal education which takes place in a school setting, since its inception, has become the basis for the acquisition, expansion and dissemination of knowledge. It also helps to create a body of knowledge which forms the basis for socio-economic development as well as the exploitation, management and preservation of natural and human resources. Education in its various forms provides the basis for transmitting the received knowledge of the society, equip people with skills, attitudes and the capacity to become productive human beings, participate in social life and be able to adapt positively to change. The God-given potentials in every person are to be developed and used for the good of society.
    Any school which neglects this duty and which offers merely pre-cast conclusions hinders the personal development of its pupils.
    To relate the definition of the school to the topic of our discussion “Catholic Schools” we will now look at the mission of the church.

Why Catholic Schools?

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TALK ON THE YOUTH

TALK ON THE YOUTH BY MR. THEOPHILUS BOAKYE

Chairperson, his lordship the bishop, moderators, my fellow synod fathers and mothers, I feel honoured to be given this opportunity to talk about the youth on this special occasion in the life of the diocese.
Let me first of all, give thanks to my lord bishop for recognizing the youth by giving the opportunity to talk about the youth at the 1st synod for our diocese. Our appreciation again goes to the planning committee who also has given us the space to air our views at this synod.
We hope and pray that this and other opportunities would be given to the youth to contribute their quota in uplifting the diocese in various spheres of our life. 
According to the Oxford Advanced learner’s Dictionary “youth is a period life when a person is young, especially the time before a child becomes an adult’.
Young is a state of having lived or existed for only a short time; not fully developed. I. e. the night is still young that is it has only just started.
•    Youth and the perception of society about youth vary in terms of time, space and societies.
•    Youth can be defined from the perspective of functional, cultural, gender and chronological.
Functionally, it is used to describe the transition period between the social categories of childhood and adulthood which is charaterised by rituals (puberty rite and marriage) and other physical changes in human body.

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TALK ON THE LAITY

TALK ON THE LAITY BY SIR SAMUEL ASUBONTENG


I am grateful to the Bishop of Konongo-Mampong Diocese who is also the current President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu.I am also grateful to the team of experts who together with the Bishop formatted the Lineamenta that produced the Instrumentum Laboris for this historic maiden synod of the Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong.
As we are all aware, the theme for this first synod is: -“The Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong in Retrospect: Prospects, Challenges and the Way Forward.”

This theme is apt and fits fairly well into the general universal topic of “The New Evangelization.”
I have been specifically requested to dwell on the aspect of the LAITY.
Twenty (20) years down the memory lane, there is certainly a lot that has happened when we relate it to a process of CHANGE and therefore the need to take stock.

In March 1995 when this Diocese was erected and taken from Kumasi and Sunyani Dioceses, that was already the beginning of the process of change in the life of the average Catholic in this new Diocese. And when the first (1st) Bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu was ordained in May 1995 all of us rejoiced and exclaimed that at last, “that was a bone of our bones.”

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