Education, the key to success
The immediate past chairman and co-founder of Databank Financial Services Ltd Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta has ardently underscored the importance of education. He was speaking at the College Assembly® of Pentecost University College which was held on Tuesday, 27th March 2012. He encouraged all present - as part of the educated few in Ghana, to harness the skills they acquire towards the development of the nation as that was an obligation.
Mr. Ofori-Atta made the assertion that, a nation which focuses on developing its human capital does better than one which dwelt on just its natural resource.
“When you don’t have resources you become resourceful”
Citing Taiwan as an example, he said their main resource was people yet they were the fourth largest financial resource in the world.
Education he said was one sure instrument for social equality, He advised the country to focus on teachers. Motivating teachers was a key in ensuring that education became a core of our nation since they were responsible for the excellence of our children – our future leaders.
Mr. Ofori-Atta made the submission that our ‘Oil money’ could be used to obtain the best educational infrastructure. He said, a Country’s most valuable ‘natural’ resource was its people. Mr. Ofori-Atta advised his audience to save and encourage education. He also suggested that the country establish a culture of life-long learning.
Looking back on his life, Mr. Ofori-Atta said that he had encountered many challenges, including the fact that he was born out of wedlock. He said, in a way, education had contributed to his success in life. However, God was the greatest factor in his life. He advised all present to postpone self gratification and be in constant stewardship to what God had gifted them with.
He shared his personal philosophy as:
“ 8Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
9Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
10Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (King James Version)