The Barstow School of Ghana Opens In Accra

The Barstow School of Ghana, an American blend Ghanaian curriculum-based school, opened at Abelemkpe in Accra in May 2021.
It is an affiliate of The Barstow School of Kansas City, Missouri, one of the oldest and most prominent independent schools in America and shares the same board of trustees.

At an inaugural ceremony to officially open the school, the Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, charged parents to invest in the education of their wards. She said the significance of education in any nation’s population cannot be discounted. She expressed gratitude to the management of the school for their foresight and genuine decision to open such a state-of-the-art institution in her constituency.

“I congratulate management for providing the rare opportunity to enrich educational service delivery in the country, and I take this opportunity to admonish staff to conduct themself with diligence and exemplify the motto of the school, which is knowledge, compassion and leadership.”

The Founder of the School, Ali Iddrisu, said in an address that the vision for the school is to prepare children to face the future with hope, expand opportunities for them to pursue knowledge and acquire skills without barriers.

“This without any shred of doubt is achievable through providing a comprehensive accelerated American National Curriculum with local content to our students.”

He addd that innovative teaching will push the students to be at the peak of their performance.
He paid glowing tribute to Dr. Robert Cling of Stanford University, whom he claimed inspired him to establish the school.

“He constantly reminded me of getting students who are all-round in their academic pursuit. This is typical of the kind of educational opportunities America offers to its citizens,” he stated. He continued that the school will provide the training for children who will be unique in character and stature.

“Students will come out as mature and independent-minded individuals ready to face current global challenges and do things with innovation.”

The head teacher of the school, William Yao Agbakpe, said the school will accept students from pre-school to grade 7 and then guide its students extensively from grades 8-12 in the pursuit of their high school diplomas.

“The Barstow School of Ghana will also organize exchange programs with Barstow in Kansas City for its students and teachers,” he said.

Also present at the official opening were Anis Haffar, Chief Executive Officer and founder of GATE Institute, municipal director of education, Ayawaso West Municipality, Magaret Kaba, and others.