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MESSAGE FROM ALUMNI DIRECTORATE

(GLOBAL PRESIDENT)

Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Samuel Maama Markwei
AN ODE TO PRESEC

Sometimes, history has a way of looming so tall that when we look back on the achievements of our predecessors, it seems almost impossible to accomplish similarly incredible feats! However, I have found that the thing that distinguishes whether history inspires you or makes you pessimistic, is perspective.

Perhaps we can consider history to be a continuum of events and not a finite thing. With this perspective, we view ourselves as part of a greater narrative, that was left unfinished by those gone past. We too can write a powerful history for tomorrow’s generation. There is a Ghanaian proverb that says, “we will never know where we are going until we know where we are coming from.” So why do I reflect on history and what it means to be a part of history?

Perhaps it is because right now, as I write, I feel the weight of this very moment – that we are all part of something larger than us. Perhaps it is because I am still caught by surprise whenever PRESEC’s name is mentioned as pioneering a historic vision. Perhaps it is because even now that I am Chairman of the “Old Boys’ Association” I am always in awe of how far each and every one of us has come – We first met on PRESEC’s campus several years ago, as young men of very humble beginnings, who dreamed of futures that seemed almost impossible. Today we are living the dreams of yesterday, many of us at the pinnacle of our careers, and leaders in our fields of Education, Science, Medicine, Government, Law and of course I shan’t forget to include… the Clergy!

Today we are no more daunted by the sterling record of great men in history – we, ourselves, are making history. We recognize that though we were PRESEC students for only a short period of time, we remain PRESEC Alumni forever. We are not only intent on building infrastructures, we are intent on building a legacy that will inspire subsequent generations to do likewise. So to the current students, when you read about us in the history books of PRESEC, remember that I told you this – you have no excuse. You have no excuse not to give back tremendously to your alma mater, your community, your country, and the world. History has its eyes on you. I am a preacher, so permit me to quote a wise saying in Proverbs 22:28 which reads, “Remove not the ancient landmarks which your fathers have set.”

Today we recognize that the burden of improving the educational experience cannot be borne solely by the government alone. We, the Old Students of the Ɔdadeɛ fraternity, see a clear pathway. The future of PRESEC cannot be sustained by the wallet of church and government alone, but by a unified body of dedicated stakeholders.

We salute the accomplishments of the past by raising our voices to sing the classic and one of my personal favorites – “Now praise we great and famous men, the Fathers named in story, and praise the Lord who now as then reveals in man His glory.” May we who dreamed of glories past, be the embodiment of our great history.

As a Ga man, I say to you – Wɔmba! We saw what others did and vowed to raise the bar higher than we had it.

Wɔmba! We are living our school’s anthem and solid history – “to take our places in the future of our country.”

Wɔmba! We are positioning PRESEC to raise the bar of excellence many notches higher, as we the alumni continue to build state-of-the-art facilities to revolutionize the way our students embrace education, leadership and their role in the world.

Wɔmba! Though 80 years by itself may not mean much to those affiliated with other institutions that crossed that mark a long time ago, we celebrate our “powerful past, prosperous present and prominent future.” We still sing like we did several years ago, “Happy are we!”

So now I make a toast to a future so bright that we call on all to “come along and join us!” Happy 80th Anniversary, PRESEC. History has its eyes on you. God bless PRESEC. God bless us all.

Slide rules and logbooks seemed like the cure all for our numerous maths problems. We were the scientists of our time. Pipettes and burettes made us hip then we grew up and realized how outdated our methods for solving everyday problems were. So came along calculators and all of a sudden even the computer programs we were taught at university became obsolete and perhaps prehistoric languages.

The age of the digital had arrived and we had the choice of holding on to the past in hopes never to be met. The good old days had flaws and we had a choice to live in yesterday or make costly decisions today to join the bandwagon of enlightenment the digital offered.

Tempora mutantur, et nos, qui vivimus, in illis oportet mutare goes the Latin adage and it simply means the times are changing and we who live in them must change. Everywhere in this world the bells of change keeps ringing. From the corridors of power managed by politics to the halls of academia manned by gowns of intelligence the cry for change rings true. Old orders must change and yield place to the new. The world is now a global village and when our young ones are trapped within the folds of mediocrity and archaic processes the future of our nation can only be bleak. Education can never be just a rehash of the past but a preparation for the future. The fear of change might leave a society bankrupt of progressive ideas for the future.

Ownership to carve out roads that leaves the caves of the past towards the shores of the future must be shared. Parents Teachers, Old students and the religious establishments must yoke their shoulders towards this ideal. Responsibility towards this dream must be a shared one and therefore there has to be a determined investment effort towards this goal. For if we fail in this endeavor we will realize when too late that our future which is being carried by generations after us has been compromised into the valley of ignorance.

So here comes the 94-year group. Men who believe that the pursuit of knowledge in this era demands a digital approach. An effort to help raise the E-Library is their anthem now. A continuation of what was started and still incomplete isn’t a subservient posture but rather a mature approach to finish what was started. Rewards are expressions of achievement and appreciation, but sometimes rewards are reserved for the hereafter when time rings no more. Legacies are what remains for others to enjoy. On our 81st Speech and Prize Giving Day I’ll like to congratulate first teachers who slave in robes of discomfort all in an attempt to equip others for the future. And congrats to the recipients of various prizes but a reminder to those who didn’t, that it is possible. And to the 94-year group kudos and please keep the torch high as we race towards the digitization of our alma mater.

In this light may we be equipped to see more light as we trudge along to happy victory.

REV. DR. EBENEZER MARKWEI.

BOARD CHAIRMAN

GLOBAL PRESIDENT. OF 0˜4DADE0™4 FRATERNITY

Slide rules and logbooks seemed like the cure all for our numerous maths problems. We were the scientists of our time. Pipettes and burettes made us hip then we grew up and realized how outdated our methods for solving everyday problems were. So came along calculators and all of a sudden even the computer programs we were taught at university became obsolete and perhaps prehistoric languages.

The age of the digital had arrived and we had the choice of holding on to the past in hopes never to be met. The good old days had flaws and we had a choice to live in yesterday or make costly decisions today to join the bandwagon of enlightenment the digital offered.

Tempora mutantur, et nos, qui vivimus, in illis oportet mutare¡ goes the Latin adage and it simply means the times are changing and we who live in them must change. Everywhere in this world the bells of change keeps ringing. From the corridors of power managed by politics to the halls of academia manned by gowns of intelligence the cry for change rings true. Old orders must change and yield place to the new. The world is now a global village and when our young ones are trapped within the folds of mediocrity and archaic processes the future of our nation can only be bleak. Education can never be just a rehash of the past but a preparation for the future. The fear of change might leave a society bankrupt of progressive ideas for the future.

Ownership to carve out roads that leaves the caves of the past towards the shores of the future must be shared. Parents Teachers, Old students and the religious establishments must yoke their shoulders towards this ideal. Responsibility towards this dream must be a shared one and therefore there has to be a determined investment effort towards this goal. For if we fail in this endeavor we will realize when too late that our future which is being carried by generations after us has been compromised into the valley of ignorance.

So here comes the 94-year group. Men who believe that the pursuit of knowledge in this era demands a digital approach. An effort to help raise the E-Library is their anthem now. A continuation of what was started and still incomplete isn’t a subservient posture but rather a mature approach to finish what was started. Rewards are expressions of achievement and appreciation, but sometimes rewards are reserved for the hereafter when time rings no more. Legacies are what remains for others to enjoy. On our 81st Speech and Prize Giving Day I’ll like to congratulate first teachers who slave in robes of discomfort all in an attempt to equip others for the future. And congrats to the recipients of various prizes but a reminder to those who didn’t, that it is possible. And to the 94-year group kudos and please keep the torch high as we race towards the digitization of our alma mater.

In this light may we be equipped to see more light as we trudge along to happy victory.

REV. DR. EBENEZER MARKWEI.

BOARD CHAIRMAN

GLOBAL PRESIDENT OF ƆDADEƐ FRATERNITY

Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School