The Catholic Church will continue to place its focus on fundamental pillars of human growth and development especially education, health and communication.
The church seeks to do its very best under the constraints of contemporary times; global dwindling of resources and especially a changing mentality which seeks to put priorities in perspectives.
For example, church partners nowadays are insistent that every person has some basic inalienable rights: the right to food and shelter, right to education and the right to quality health.
The Catholic Bishop of Wa, the Most Reverend Richard K. Baawobr, stated this at Nandom District Development session, said the perception of partners had been that the State ought to provide essential services and not the private sector.
Hence, church development partners were cautious about any assistance in the direct provision of schools, water, electricity and roads among others.
Rather, they would support church programmes activities which sort to throw light on why such services were absent or any activity that offer interventions that run efficiently or were managed judiciously.
With such evidence, the Church was reviewing the fundamental pillars of the Diocesan strategic plan which stood in need of ministering and the Propagation of the Word of God; efficient and effective collaboration with stakeholders; harnessing and managing diocesan resources and potential in a sustainable manner and empowering people to live dignified lives in a peaceful environment.
The Catholic Bishop said, the strategic plan that the church was implementing currently, was centred ultimately on the holistic development, a key concept that emerged based on collaboration.
The church he said sort to offer its contribution in union with government, district assemblies, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders for sustainable development.
The Most Reverend Baawobr, said with regard to the church’s contribution for the future development of Nandom, the Church would continue to intensify education at all levels and in particular, to improve teacher training, falling standards and morals.
“Quality education is a matter of urgent concern and the church is aware of the many roles of the pupils, students and parents and at the same time, and the irreplaceable role of the teacher”, he pointed out.
In that regard, the Church has approved a programme to sponsor students to be trained as teachers to run its schools.
The pilot programme was most probably already in its first phase of execution and it would be extended gradually to other parts of the diocese.
The Catholic Bishop said it was gratifying that the President Nana Akufo-Addo, underlined that the economic success of most modern societies was inter-related with the professional role of teachers and education is general.
Almost all modern, and successful societies that have had outstanding results in training and economic development, showed that teacher quality was the single most important determinant of their successes.
The Most Reverend Baawobr, noted that for Ghana to progress, due attention must be given to teachers, pointing out that it was only a crop of well-trained, self-confident and contented teachers that could deliver the educated and skills workforce require to transform the economy.
“It is our hope that the government would do all it can to restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it an attractive and prestigious career choice”, he stated.
The forum was to consider, among other things, strategies for the District’s socio-economic development for a 16 year period, and to align the various inputs from the session with the three-year Medium Term Development Plans of the Assembly starting from 2018 to 2021.
The Nandom District Assembly organised the forum and various expertise from the academic circles, traditional rulers, politicians and civil society organisations as well as a cross section of the public attended the two day forum.