Mohammed Kudus inspires students at St. Nicholas Charity Preparatory School

Mohammed Kudus, recently named Footballer of the Year at the Ghana Football Awards for the second consecutive time, visited the St. Nicholas Charity Preparatory School in Tema Newtown with Dr. Prince Kofi Pambo, the team doctor of the Black Stars.

Their visit aimed to inspire the students, emphasizing the importance of education and perseverance.

Kudus, who hails from a similarly underprivileged background, shared his personal journey and encouraged the students to remain focused on their education. “I understand the challenges you face because I faced them too. Education is your key to a better future. Stay focused and work hard, and you can achieve anything,” he told the students.

Founded in 2012 by the St. Nicholas Charity Foundation, the school serves the Bankuman area, providing free education, uniforms, school supplies, and meals to 208 students. The foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education, supported by donations from individuals and organizations. The school’s operational costs are covered through donations, including significant contributions from the Maria Tsakos Foundation and other Greek organizations.

During the visit, Kudus and Dr. Pambo engaged in various activities, including basketball and football exhibitions, and Kudus’ speech resonated deeply with both students and staff. Dr. Pambo highlighted the importance of such visits for the children’s motivation, saying, “Coming from a similar background, I know how important it is for these children to see that their dreams are achievable.”

Ivan Quashigah, founder and CEO of Farmhouse Productions and a trustee of the school, expressed his gratitude for Kudus’ visit, stating, “Having someone of Kudus’ stature take the time to visit and inspire our students is incredibly special. It shows them that they are not forgotten and that their dreams are valid.”

The St. Nicholas Charity Preparatory School has maintained a 100 percent pass rate in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), with graduates continuing their education through the free Senior High School (SHS) programme. The school’s holistic approach to education, including sports and extracurricular activities, ensures that students receive a well-rounded education, equipping them with essential life skills.

The visit by Mohammed Kudus not only inspired the students but also highlighted the significant work being done at St. Nicholas, drawing attention to the importance of supporting educational initiatives in underprivileged communities.

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