The Costheta Educational support fund was a long thought of dream of Dr David Kotei Nutakor (aka Costheta) a renowned Ghanaian Geotechnical Engineer of reputable standard based in the USA state of California. His long-conceived dream became a reality when the Executive President of the Duamenefa Foundation, Emmanuel Ketaman Evortepe, travelled to the USA to inaugurate the branch office of the Duamenefa Foundation in the USA’s state of Alabama. Dr David Kotei decided to use the conduit of the foundation to implement and birth his “COSTHETA EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FUND” dream to support and motivate students of various secondary schools to study hard, exhibit good morals, meet the set – out criteria to qualify and receive the support fund.
According to Dr. Kotei Nutakor in part of his speech delivered during the award ceremony, ” The motivation to start this educational support fund in memory of his parents, Leonard Besa Gbede Nutakor and Sabina Atsemuyo Evortepe both of blessed memory who financially supported his education, is based on the fact that we all have the responsibility to liberate others if we can, so that they can become productive in society.
He reiterated the fact that we all belong to a community, a village, a team and we should always remember where we came from. It is important to note that success is not only about titles, the awards, the recognition and the money we have, but the joy of personal success resides in how much we contribute to society by helping family and friends to build a better life for themselves and those around them. “
The maiden edition of the Costheta Educational Support Fund was lunched at Ketascho Annex where 14 out of over 500 applicants qualified and were given the support fund. The criteria for qualification is measured by the scores of A’s in core and elective subjects, the moral standard of the student at school, roles played by students in church society. These are the core habits embedded in the character of Dr. David Kotei Nutakor by his parents and he so wish to motivate other students to emulate same. The technical team of the Duamenefa Foundation led by its International Director of Operations, Rev. Diane Westcott, an American volunteer with the foundation took pains to conduct the rigorous interviews for qualification as set out by Dr. Nutakor. Out of the 500 initial applicants from across the nation Ghana, only 14 were able to meet the required standard with additional 6 on the waiting list making a total of 20 students earmarked for the maiden edition of the year 2020. The award ceremony took place at Ketascho Annex in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region of Ghana.
Present at the ceremony were the Divisional Chief of Keta, Togbi James Ocloo V, and the Queen Mother Mama Tokormi, the Headmaster of Ketascho, Mr. Isaac Dzidzienyo with his staff members, Directors of the Duamenefa Foundation, Rev. Diane Westcott, Rev. and Mrs. David Mark Banini, Rev. Dr. Raymond Sogah , Mr. Dravie Romeo the General Manager of Fafaa 100.3 Fm and his staff. The 14 award winners accompanied by a member of family gathered to witness the award ceremony. Ketascho produced the highest number of 8 qualifying students out of the first batch of 14, this was followed by Accra Academy, Dzosec – Dzodze, Oboss – Oti Region, Westech – Weta, Comboni- Sogakorpe, St. Theresa Vocational School for the Physically Challenged – Abor, with one qualified student each.
In his opening address, the headmaster of Ketascho, Mr. Isaac Dzidzienyo, who was host to the occasion congratulates his 1988 year group mate of Ketascho, Dr David Kotei Nutakor for the launch of this laudable venture, the first of its kind in the 67 years of the existence of the school, he also commend the effort demonstrated by the qualifying students and encourage others to emulate same to enable them to qualify for the subsequent editions.
The Executive President of the Duamenefa Foundation, Mr. Emmanuel Ketaman Evortepe, in his speech praise the name of God for enabling Dr. David Kotei Nutakor to fulfil his dream to launch the Costheta Educational Support Fund in memory of his parents. Mr. Evortepe who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of Fafaa 100.3 FM, reminded us that “true education is beyond earning degrees, it is more than bookish knowledge. Education means inculcating moral values, positive thinking, an attitude of helping, attitudes of giving to society and ethical values.” These kind of students are the ones able to bring changes to society.
The award winners expressed their sincere appreciation to God for the life of Dr David Kotei Nutakor, most of them prayed openly that they wish God shall raise other well-meaning individual and corporate organizations at home and abroad to support Dr. Kotei Nutakor to reach out to more students in future.
Other dignitaries took turns to encourage all secondary school students to behave well, study hard and qualify for the award in the next category. The closing remark by Togbi James Ocloo V the Divisional Chief of Keta, also call on parents to take advantage of the Costheta Educational Support Fund and inculcate good morals in the lives of their children and encourage students to study hard.
The ceremony came to a close with the vote of thanks from Mr. James Nutakor, the senior brother of Dr. David Nutakor, with closing prayer by Rev Dr. Raymond Sogah and team. To apply for the next edition visit – www.duamenefafoundation.org/scholarship, download the form and submit through the headmaster of your school for vetting and approval.
Source: www.duamenefafoundation.org / News editor in chief