ST. MARY’S VOCATIONAL/ TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
ADEEMMRA- AFRAM PLAINS (KWAHU NORTH)
P.O. BOX DKK99 DONKORKROM, E/R, GHANA
To be a model school, providing a holistic education and psycho-spiritual formation to adolescent girls and young women to enable them selflessly and skillfully fit into the society, and to lead a productive and responsible lives.
St. Mary Vocational/Technical Institute is dedicated first and foremost to the
(i) training of young women to become ideal women of substance,
(ii) instilling in them love and appreciation for womanhood
(iii) opening their mental and social horizons through extra-curricular activities
(iv) providing them with knowledge, shaping their attitude, sharpening their skills in the various courses they have chosen respectively
(v) helping to alleviate the worries of parents who cannot afford to send their girl-child to schools far from their community/home
3. SCHOOL CREST
Top left: The Word of God (The Bible and the Cross the values of Jesus)
Top right: thus a lady sitting under a hair-dryer which stands for Hairdressing.
Bottom left: is a sewing machine representing Fashion, Designing and Dressmaking.
Bottom right: A saucepan symbolizing Catering
Underneath is the year the school was established (1999) and the motto, “Head, Hand and Heart”.
• Head: Cognitive Domain
• Hand: psychomotor Domain
• Heart: Affective Domain
4. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE SCHOOL
This institute is situated in the Afram Plains, specifically, Adeemmra-Kwahu, a village near the District Capita l– Donkorkrom. The school can be reached outside the Plains through either Kpando-Torkor in the Volta Region or Kwahu-Adawso in the Eastern Region by boat or ferry.
The need to establish a Voc. /Tech. Inst. in a deprived area like the Kwahu- North (Afram Plains) District could not be overlooked by the pioneer missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word, a religious society made up of priests (Reverend Fathers) and lay brothers (Reverend Brothers) within the Catholic Church, who came to evangelize the inhabitants of this remote area in the early 1940’s.
The idea became a reality during a Parish Council meeting at Abomasarefo in 1998, under the auspices of REV. FR. JOSEPH PITCHLER,SVD, the then Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Adeemmra, that a resolution was passed, and a committee was set under the chairmanship of Mr. George Aikins, a teacher and assistant catechist of St. Mary Catholic Church, Adeemmra, to prepare the modalities for the birth of this noble institution.
The institute was temporarily offered some classrooms at the Junior High School, and through the benevolence of the Kwahu-North District Assembly, an unused building was donated to the institute to be used as a hostel, now a boarding house. Later on, the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua acquired a parcel of land for the construction of permanent structures, which started in 2003 with funds from overseas donors. Currently the institute has moved to its permanent site .
St. Mary’s Voc. Tech. Inst. was officially opened on 1st March, 1999, by Rev. Fr. Paul Pio, SVD who succeeded Rev. Fr. Joseph Pitchler, with a student population of fifteen (15) and a moderate staff of three (3) namely, Miss Esther Lino, Acting Principal and catering teacher, Miss Rita Lino dressmaking teacher, and Miss Mary Asantewah, hairdressing teacher. Rev. Fr. Paul Pio and his advisers worked very hard to put the institute firmly in place despite many teething problems they encountered. A year later, Rev. Fr. Alex Osei-Awuah, SVD, was posted to the parish as an Assistant Priest and became a part-time teacher and adviser to the staff. It was registered as an institution in 2000 with its first Principal as Mad. Esther Lino from 1999 to 2003. Next, Mad. Rita Lino from 2003 to 2005; then Rev. Sr. Angelina Gerharz, SSpS. as Acting Principal from 2005 to 2009. Rev. Sr. Mary Lamisi Adomolga, SSpS, took over as Principal until the school was absorbed as government-assisted school on 12th September, 2010. As of now, the District Director of Education Kwahu North oversees the administration of the Institute.
From its humble beginnings and in all spheres of her endeavours,today the school is rubbing shoulders with the well-endowed Vocational / Technical Institutes. As a result of its successes in the various external examinations since 2001, the institute was given the approval to register students for the Craft Intermediate Level. So far, almost one hundred and twenty – seven (127) students have graduated since the first examination in 2001.
The Institution is called St. Mary’s Vocational / technical. It is located in Adeemmra in the Afram plains the North district, Eastern Region. Telephone numbers are: 0201979881, 0209004275 and 0342095077. The Institute has celebrated tenth anniversary 2009. Every two years is graduation of students.It 0ffers boarding facilities.
STATISTICS OF RESULTS
2001 7 1 1 3 2
2002 17 – 13 – 4
2003 30 1 21 4 4
2004 30 2 15 3 10
2005 26 – 12 1 13
2006 38 – 35 3 –
2007 30 1 29 – –
2008 19 – 14 – 5
2009 37 3 24 – 10
2010 19 1 14 – 5
Many of them are self-employed, and some of them are also gainfully employed in government establishments and corporations.
The institute does participate in national, regional and district organized programmes. Last year, 2010, the Institute came first in the Independence Day march past. This year, 2011, the Institute came second.
The institute participated in the 2010 World AIDS Day debate organized by the District Assembly, and she came second. Again, the institute came second in the 2010 NCCE Quiz.
6. SCHOOL FACILITIES
School’s Administration Block / classrooms
7. COURSES OFFERED:
ELECTIVE SUBJECTS: Catering, Dressmaking, Fashion & Designing
8. Co –Curricula Activities
Sports, Music and Cultural, Debates
- Monday Open all day
- Tuesday Open all day
- Wednesday Open all day
- Thursday Open all day
- Friday Open all day
- Saturday Open all day
- Sunday Open all day