AFRICAN VALUES IN CONFROTATION WITH THE GLOBALIZED SOCIETY
Brother Pius Kwaku Agyemang, SVD
Date: 29th October, 2016
Bro Pius Agyemang, SVD was among the speakers at this august PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS ON MISSIOLOGY organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and the Catholic Missiologists Association of Nigeria (CAMISAN), Pontifical Urban
University Rome, in collaboration with the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). The congress took place at Domus Fidei, Ikeja, Lagos, under the theme: 50 years of Ad Gentes: Fruits of mission in Africa, hope for the future.
Bro. Pius spoke on: AFRICAN VALUES IN CONFRONTATION WITH THE GLOBALIZED SOCIETY.
A History of Divine Word Missionaries in Ghana, 1938-2010
Joseph K. Addai, SVD
The problem of this study was that, although the SVD missionaries have been a major partner in the evangelizing mission of the Roman Catholic Church in Ghana since their arrival in 1938, their specific contribution to the growth and development of the Catholic Church in Ghana has not been fully assessed. The objective of this thesis therefore is to appraise the missionary activities of the SVD within Ghanaian Catholic Church, and also assess their relevance in contemporary Ghanaian Christianity as a whole. Using the historical method and approach, chapter two traces the history of the SVD from the time of the arrival of the first two missionaries up to the time the mission was handed over to a diocesan bishop in 1971. In chapters three and four, qualitative, analytical and critical tools were employed using Andrew Walls‟ three test criteria to evaluate the work of the SVD. Our findings are that the SVDs have largely fulfilled the Church test as proposed by Andrew Walls. As far as the Kingdom and Gospel tests are concerned, these are still on- going. So to remain relevant in the contemporary Ghanaian Christian mission, the SVDs need to do more work in this direction.
Thesis (MPHIL)-University of Ghana, 2012 Your Comments
THE PROCESS OF ADJUSTMENT OF EX-FORMANDI: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY.
George Clement Angmor, SVD
In line with the Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) method, this study sought to explore the experiences in the process of adjustment of ex-formandi (young men and women who came out of formation programs, where they had been training to become priests, religious brothers and sisters), after they returned to the secular world. Twelve participants made up the sample for the study, comprising 8 women and 4 men. Out of these, 6 participants withdrew themselves, 4 were asked to leave, and a further 2 who were guided to see the need, and consequently, applied themselves to go out. Using the CQR method, the domains abstracted from the analysis of the data produced the following: Entry Motivations, Reasons for Exit, Transition Experiences, Protective Factors against Maladjustment, and, Risk Factors for Adjustment. These formed the bases for the discussions. A panel of two readers/raters and also, an auditor, were used to discuss and arrive at consensus at various sections of the study, thereby also increasing the credibility of the study. The study shows that ex-formandi go through a fairly similar path of adjustment: The Termination or Pre-Departure stage, The Exit, The stage of Transition Experiences, and the stage in which they find themselves now - whether maladjusted with emotional hang-ups, or having moved on finely. The study concludes that candidates asked to leave are more likely to face the most of adjustment problems. Given those findings, the researcher recommended that an exit counseling intervention be initiated for ex-formandi. It is postulated that this study will give useful insights to the helping professionals and the formation ministry in the church in aiding ex-formandi.
A thesis presented to The Faculty of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, De La Salle University, Manila. In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Arts in Education, major in Counseling
February 2008 Your Commnets
CHALLENGES IN FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL HEADS IN THE KWAHU EDUCATIONAL DISTRICTS OF GHANA
Daniel Kwadwo Lenwah, SVD
This work was a descriptive study intended to unravel the challenges facing Senior High School heads of the four Kwahu Educational Districts in financial administration. Data were gathered mainly from 13 Senior High School heads through the administration of questionnaires. For validity of the instruments, I critically examined them and later pilot-tested them on 5 headmasters of the Koforidua Municipality. 13 heads of Senior High schools in the four Kwahu educational districts were the main respondents of the study.
Questionnaires were the main instruments used. I administered open-ended questions. Verbal interviews however preceded the use of the questionnaires in order to ensure that the questions would elicit responses from the main respondents. The use of the instruments led to the revelation that Senior High School heads of the four Kwahu Education Districts of Ghana, were encountering challenges in financial administration of their schools. Among these was their knowledge of financial administration gained from learning on the job, poverty, non-payment of fees, late release of government grants and the employment of incompetent accounting staff.
Recommendations such as school heads being asked to study Financial Administration, government and stake holders should give adequate financial support to the school heads, donor agencies such as DANIDA could be approached for help, appointment of competent accounting staff and sincerity of the heads were made.
A Dissertation submitted to the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration of the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration Your Comments