On the occasion of the 186th Anniversary and speech and prize giving day of the prestigious Wesley Girls’ High School, Pharm. Prof. Joyce Addo-Atuah addressed students and alumni of the school under the theme “Students’ Well-being in a Changing Educational Landscape: The Role of Stakeholders.”

As a renowned academician with numerous scientific publications to her credit, Prof. Addo-Atuah is a member of the 1971-year group of the Wesley Girls’ High School.

In her address as the special guest, the astute pharmacist and researcher lauded the technological innovations that perpetuated teaching and learning despite the disruptive nature of COVID-19. She, however, bemoaned the inequality in access to such technology, and the increasing risk of cyberbullying that accompanies attempts to expand digital spheres in education.

Prof. further touted the government of Ghana’s Free Senior High School policy as a measure to “promote equitable access to quality secondary education as enshrined in the 1992 constitution, and in keeping with goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4)”. She however called for more investments in infrastructure, human resources, learning materials and boarding facilities to keep up with the increase in enrolment.

Further touching on the important role of the family in ensuring the well-being of young students, the accomplished professor admonished parents to desist from pressurizing their wards to pursue careers they (wards) may not be interested in. Similarly, every child in the family needs to be valued in his or her own right voiding favoritism, which tends to bring divisions among siblings and thus destroys family cohesion.

About Pharm Prof. Joyce Addo-Atuah

Professor Joyce Addo-Atuah (née Amoako) of Touro University, College of Pharmacy, New York, is a pharmacist, a passionate educator, a teacher of the Word, a multiple award-winning author, a public speaker and an entrepreneur. Following her B. Pharm (Hons) degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in 1977, she had her National Service/professional practical training at the newly established Ghana Police Hospital at Cantonments in Accra. She was appointed an Assistant Superintendent of Police on September 1, 1978, after graduating from the Ghana Police College. She became the second Clinical Pharmacist in Ghana following her specialist Master’s training at the Manchester University/Salford Teaching Hospital, UK (1989-92). With this specialization, she became instrumental in the development of Clinical Pharmacy training and practice in both Ghana and Anglophone West Africa through her close association with the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists where she served in many capacities including Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Pharmacy. She also taught the new discipline at KNUST from 1993 to 2001 on a part-time basis. She took early voluntary retirement from the Police Service in December 2001 leaving at the rank of a Chief Superintendent of Police to take up an appointment with the World Health Organization (WHO).

You may read the full speech here and her full profile here…