Dzolo-Gborgame E.P. Church on Sunday crowned the 100th anniversary of its founding against the backdrop of lowering educational standards in the area.
Mr Sammy Kwamla Tsahey, Centenary Planning Committee Chairman, acknowledged in an anniversary brochure that Christianity and Education came to Dzolo-Gborgame in 1911 as “bedfellows,” producing scores of intellectuals.
The brochure captured some of those luminaries who passed through E. P. schools in Dzolo-Gborgame as Very Rev Japhet Ledo and Very Rev Livingstone Buama, both past Moderators of the E.P Church.
However educational standards, following the regional trend, has been tumbling over the past few years, with the EP Junior High School, which is the major school in the area, recording aggregate 20 as best in the last BECE examamination.
The theme for the centenary celebration was “That All May Be One.”
Mr Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, the Volta Regional Minister who was Guest of Honour at the event, lauded the E. P. Church for its “pioneering role in education in the region.”
He said education was key to transforming the living standards of communities everywhere.
Mr Afotey-Agbo appealed to churches to periodically arrange with public officers for briefings on government policies and programmes.
Nii Afotey-Agbo, who is also the Member of Parliament of the Kpong-Katamanso, heralded his speech with the rendition of a religious praise song in Ewe, sweeping many celebrants off their feet and singing along with him.
Rt. Rev. Francis Amenu, Moderator of the General Assembly of the E.P Church, in a sermon said, unity was a catalyst for development everywhere.
He expressed disappointment at the numerous labour disputes gin the country, warning that national development agenda could be in jeopardy.
Dzolo-Gborgame is a 20-minute drive north of Ho in the belly of mountain ranges and has lush vegetation and the people predominantly farmers. GNA