“We should never forget the sacrifices of our forefathers who fought for our independence, and always strive to live up to their ideals.” These timeless words by J. B. Danquah served as the inspiration behind the vibrant pre-independence day parade held by Prospect International School. This event took place on the 3rd of March 2023, on the school’s field. The parade was a celebration of Ghana’s journey to independence and an opportunity for students to reflect on the sacrifices of their forefathers. The parade showcased the cultural and historical significance of Ghana’s independence and reminded students of the need to uphold the values and principles that the country’s forefathers fought for.
That morning, the entire school was abuzz with excitement, and with an atmosphere filled with the spirit of patriotism, the students and staff members of Prospect International School prepared to celebrate Ghana’s 66th Independence Day. A prayer was said by the school’s chaplain to kick start the event. Then, a welcome speech was delivered by the Headmistress of the school. Her message reminded the students of the importance of the event. After, Brianna Pearl Boateng, a 6th Grader, read a brief history of Ghana’s fight for independence that highlighted the struggles, sacrifices and contributions by Ghanaian heroes such as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the Big Six. The students were also given a brief history of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. One of the highlights of the day was a student-led rendition of Dr. Nkrumah’s famous speech, “Ghana, our beloved country, is free forever!” Students and staff members alike listened intently as Yoofi Ansah Truman, an 8th Grader, gave a stirring rendition of this famous speech, which captured the essence of Ghana’s struggle for independence and the hope for a brighter future. The student delivered the speech with passion and conviction, capturing the attention of everyone present.
The march past begun shortly after the school’s regimental band played a rousing rendition of the national anthem, and the students and staff members joined in singing along, their voices echoing across the field. The parade continued with the students marching in formation, each class following the one before it. The students marched as the band played patrotic songs. The parade route extended around the field, with proud colleague students, staff members and other spectators watching from the side-lines. The excitement was palpable, and the energy and enthusiasm of the participants were contagious. The entire school community felt proud to be Ghanaian, and they celebrated their heritage with joy and passion.
Overall, the pre-independence day parade held by Prospect International School was a rousing success. The event was a testament to the school’s commitment to Ghanaian culture and history, and it brought together the entire school community in a spirit of celebration and unity. It was a day that will be remembered for years to come, and it set the tone for a joyous and meaningful celebration of Ghana’s independence day.