SMaVoc 40th Anniversary and Old Students Association Launched

The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Koforidua, Most Revered Joseph Afrifa Agyekum has launched the 40th Anniversary celebration of Saint Mary Vocational Training Institute in Asamankese of the Eastern Region under the theme "TVET Education The means of Economic Empowerment".

Series of Activities are expected to be held from October 2019 to 2020 for the ground durbar.

Bishop Afrifa Agyekum also unveiled SMaVoC Old Students Association and outdoor executives for the Association.

The Bishop lauded old students who have finally come together to form an Association for the 40-year-old School and charged them to work hard to support the School and explore their knowledge acquired from the School.

He called on current students to study hard to become self-employees and employers to curb unemployment in Ghana, adding, "Schoolgirls take care of yourselves! Anyone who doesn't know why she is here is a fool"! If you just entered the room without vision, then you are a fool".

President of the old students Association who is currently a lecturer at Accra Technical University, Mrs. Jemima Evelyn Nartey called on Ghanaians to charge their midset that Technical and Vocational schools are for the illiterate.

She called on the Catholic Church to continue to support the school with logistics to train people to become self-employed and employers.

Saint Mary’s Vocational Training Centre (SMAVOC), until the year 2000 was known as Asamankese Women’s Vocational Training Centre (AWVTC). It was established in 1980 by the social Aid Guild of Ghana (SAGG), under the chairmanship of His Grace, Most Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Andoh, and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Accra.

The Centre started from a Cathecatical Training Centre, which was built in 1965 for the training of catholic Priests.

Since 1980 the Centre has turned out several great women. Some of whom are Mrs. Jemima Evelyn Nartey, a Lecturer at Accra Technical University, Fati Addy, a Matron at St.Dominic Hospital in Akwatia, Mrs. Rosemary Boakye, a cosmetologist, and many others.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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