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STATEMENT BY THE DIRECTOR, MR. EMMANUEL K. DEGBOTSE
 

“From small beginnings come great things.” “A beginning is only the start of a journey to another beginning.”   
A popular Chinese proverb states that “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” and that is how Deoke Foundation School started and today, we are celebrating fourteen years of its existence. I deem it appropriate to go back into history and recall how Deoke Foundation came about. One of Ghanaian proverbs, “Sankofa” encourages us to look back into the past and learn from it.

The idea of setting up this noble school was conceived by my good self, Mr. Emmanuel Kobla Degbotse, a Civil Engineer by profession. I am really passionate about education, especially at the basic level. This explains my decision to set up not just a school but a school with international standards at Ablekuma Block Factory within the district of Ablekuma in Accra to serve the community of Ablekuma and its environs. Acquiring a tract of land which was water logged, everybody thought it was impossible to develop a land of that kind into a school. In the face of apparent impossibilities, perseverance, which is one of the key words in Deoke Foundation School’s motto, kept me to go on with the establishment of the school. Today, the land which everyone rejected is currently hosting the well structured Deoke Foundation School.

The School commenced operations with initial staff strength of nine (9) made up of: a headmaster, two nursery teachers, four teachers to teach primary one to four, one administrative staff and a watchman.

The school offered admissions to students into various classes starting from nursery to class four at the start of operations. A total of twenty-seven students were enrolled. Ten months later, precisely on the 10th May, 2003, Deoke Foundation School, was commissioned by the Honourable Sheik I.C. Quaye, the then Greater Accra Regional Minister under the erstwhile Kuffuor Administration.

Currently, the school has grown in leaps and bounds from twenty-seven (27) students at start of the school to three hundred and fifty (350) students from the crèche to J.H.S 3. The student population is expected to increase into greater numbers in the near future.

Facilities in the school have improved tremendously from a mere seven (7) classrooms to a fifty-two (52) classrooms over the space of ten years. Staff strength has increased from the nine (9) to currently forty (40) staff members.

The school can now boost of ultra-modern Administration block with a bookshop, a library with over four thousand (4000) books and the two (2) recently acquired school buses which are the envy of all.

The school has a modern cafeteria and canteen to meet the nutritional needs of the children.

Our fees are very moderate when compared with schools which do not even have any infrastructure and facilities close to ours.

Our staff is constantly undergoing training to improve on their skills and standards. Our records on BECE examination are second to none. We have students spread over all the well endowed schools in Ghana such as Wesley Girls, Presbyterian Secondary School, Legon, Accra Academy, Holy Child, etc.

In summary, we are totally grateful to the good Lord by saying, Ebenezer: this is how far you have brought Deoke Foundation School. We do pray that you do help the school to grow from strength to strength so that we all here can gather together again in the next decade to give thanks and praise to the Almighty Lord. Amen!

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