Muslim Old Students of St. Thomas Aquinas Donate to School Library
An old students body (Old Toms) of St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary school in Accra have donated to the school library as part of academic related contributions to their Alma mater. The Aquinas Muslim Students Association (AMSA) Old Toms donated a computer set and assorted books at a ceremony held on the school premises last Friday, April 26 2019.
Led by chairman, Hajj Issaka Nettey (’99), over a dozen old boys joined current Muslims students to make the donation at the school library.
The items valued at about GHc 9,000 were received by the school librarian -Mr Pius Dogodzi, Head Master Mr. Paul Amoasi Baidoo and , John Amuzu President of National Old Tom Association, who expressed their joy at the gesture.
“We are indeed happy for a promise made and kept, the AMSA Old Toms requested a list of books and they have duly raised funds and dispatched a socio-academic responsibility they imposed on themselves,” he said.
For his part, AMSA OT chairman who also doubles as National Treasurer for the old boys parent body said he was humbled by the development which helped his team to kill two birds with one stone.
“We have first of all keyed into the academic development of these youngsters and we have also pointed them in the direction of keeping touch with their roots even after leaving.
We are sending a signal that they may leave Aquinas but Aquinas must continue to live in them.”
The chairman said theirs was a unique old boys group which brought together scores of old Muslim students across the years. He assured that this was the first of several steps they were committed to achieving.
“Raising funds was herculean but the individual will to see this first step sorted was the biggest boost to our efforts. We are indeed proud and this is the truth because we were thought veritas liberat, the truth shall set you free.”
When asked whether the Muslim old boys were duplicating the efforts of the main Old Toms group, the chairman and other members disagreed. Chairman Nettey said a school the stature of Aquinas keeps giving and deserved to be given back in multiple folds; “Our challenges are complex and what is vital is each group looks out for the little it can do to help.”
Muslim Students In Aquinas
Aquinas is regarded one of Ghana’s top Senior High Schools. Its quiz team won the 2013 National Science & Maths Quiz and was in the finals together with Adisadel College and Prempeh College in the 2017 championship. After over six decades in existence, it continues to churn out hundreds of students every year. The school’s population has now reached over 2,000 students.
A considerable number of its students reside in the Accra New Town, Accra Cowlane, Nima, Mamobi, and Kanda enclave. The catholic school has shaped the lives of many Muslim students from these communities and due to its openness to Muslim students, its Muslim population continues to rise.
Even though the school has provided a prayer ground for the Muslim students, refurbishing the premises as a permanent structure has remained one of the main challenges.
“We don’t even want to call this issue a challenge, we see it more as minor blips that we are certain continued engagement will help sort out sooner than later – insha Allah,” the president stressed.
The group also run a monthly mentorship event for students. Where it brings Old Toms to share their post-school, professional and business experiences with the current students.