Professor Emeritus Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), is urging Christian denominations to prioritise basic education due to its pivotal role in shaping the lives of children.
While acknowledging the commendable efforts of churches in higher education, Prof. Adei stressed the importance of early intervention in primary and secondary education. He cautioned against neglecting these foundational stages while focusing solely on university-level education.
Speaking on the topic ‘Raising Godly Families to Impact the Church and the State’ during the ongoing 2023 November Heads Meeting at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) in Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa, Prof. Adei expressed concern about the infiltration of unchristian curricula and amoral textbooks in basic education. He attributed this phenomenon to external influences, particularly from decadent western societies leveraging financial aid as leverage.
According to Prof. Adei, the church should not only advocate for moral and spiritual content in basic schools but should establish its own Christian schools to create a Christ-centered educational environment.
“The focus on tertiary education at the expense of pre-university education was not the best approach,” he remarked, calling for a shift in attention.
Highlighting the societal consequences of neglecting basic education, Prof. Addai stressed that the failure to instill godly values in children has a lasting impact on society.
He urged the church to actively engage in basic schools, stressing the importance of catching children young to nurture them as emissaries of positive transformation.
Beyond education, Professor Adei turned his attention to the Christian home, urging Christians, especially ministers, to invest in building godly marriages at all cost.
He emphasised the central role of the family in God’s plan for salvation, asserting that the family is the institution the church can engage with seven times a week.