(RELECTIONS ON A LIFE OF SERVICE) 

1936-2013

Mr. Kwabena Kyere was born at Senase, a village one kilometre away from Berekum on Tuesday, 3rd March 1936 to Opanin Kwaku Nsiah and Madam Akosua  Afrah and was named after his paternal grandfather Nana Kwabena Kyere , head of the Atanofie family at Senase.

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

He started schooling in 1945 at Senase at age nine. In 1950, he was admitted into the Berekum Catholic Middle School, one of the best Middle Schools in the Brong Ahafo at that time.

 

He sat and passed the Middle School Leaving Certificate Exam in 1953 before which he had already gained admission into Oreilly Secondary School in Accra.

He spent two terms there and moved to Opoku Ware Secondary for the third term in 1954.At Opoku Ware he was secretary to the Historical Society, Debating Society, OLS Club and UNSA. He was also Sports Prefect. He obtained both his Cambridge School Leaving Certificate (‘O’ Level) and Higher School Certificate (‘A’ Level) in 1958 and 1960 respectively at Opoku Ware.

He taught at Catholic Boys’ School from 1961 to 1962 before entering the University.

He entered University College of Cape Coast (now University  of Cape Coast)from 1962 t0 1966.There ,he was the first ever SRC Secretary of the school from 1965 to 1966 and Secretary Convener of the  Convention People’s Party (CPP) branch at Cape Coast.

FAMILY

Married to Veronica affectionately called Adwoa with four kids namely;

Kwabena Kyere Jnr

Margaret Kyere

Robert Kyere

Lydia Kyere

Kwasi Kyere

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

He taught at Dormaa Secondary School from 1966 to 1973, Sunyani Secondary School from 1973 to 1980 where he occupied various positions such as Housemaster, Sports Master, Senior Housemaster, Assistant Headmaster and Acting Headmaster.

In 1980, he was appointed Headmaster for Berekum Secondary School and served for two years before being transferred to Techiman Secondary School from 1982 to 1986.

He later worked at the Diocesan Development Office as the coordinator from 1987 to 1990.

On 22nd June, 1990, he was appointed as the PNDC District Secretary for Berekum

POLITICAL CAREER

Elected Representative to Constituent Assembly

Representative of Berekum District Assembly at the Regional Consultative Assembly in 1980

Brong Ahafo Representative at the National Development Commission

Appointed PNDC District Secretary for Berekum on 22nd June, 1990

Elected to Consultative Assembly in 1991 by Berekum District Assembly

Elected Deputy General Secretary of NDC in 1994 and 1996

Appointed Deputy Minister for Education in 1993 and 1997

OTHER INVOVLEMENTS

He was also among other things;

Chairman of GNAT for Dormaa District in 1970

Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of GNAT in 1977

President of GNAT from 1982 to 1986 when he resigned

A member of the National Executive Committee of GNAT from 1977 to 1986

A member of the Executive Committee of the International Free Teachers Union in Africa in 1984

A member of the Education Commission in 1984

 

OTHER NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

He was;

  • A founding member of the BRONG AHAFO STUDENTS UNION (BASU), its first Treasurer and eventually its president.
  • President of Brong Ahafo Youth Association (BAYA)
  • President of Berekum Youth Association (BYA)
  • He facilitated in putting together the history and political history of Berekum  found on Berekumcity.com

CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROGRESS OF BEREKUM

He   helped to establish;

  • Berekum Secondary School in 1970

As President of Berekum Youth Association, their first assignment was to establish a Secondary School in Berekum. After initial attempts to impress it on the Anglican authorities to improve upon the already existing Anglican Secondary School failed, they initiated a programme to establish a Secondary School.

The Traditional Council then generously gave them 80,000 pounds to start the school. They renovated the community centre, bought some furniture and started. An inspection team of the Ministry of Education came to Berekum and gave approval for the school in 1970

  • Berekum District Council (now Berekum District Assembly) in 1974
  • Jinjini Secondary School in  1990

As PNDC District secretary for Berekum, his first assignment was to put structures in place for the establishment of Jinjini Secondary School to serve Jinjini, Ayimon, Fetentaa, Adom, Tewbabi and the surrounding villages. The site had already been cleared and they were given a deadline to put up two blocks of classrooms. With the help of Nana Berekumhene (Nana Yiadom Boakye II) who personally donated 300,000 cedis, they were able to meet their target.

  • Presbyterian Secondary School in 1995

The Presby church at Berekum had initiated a Secondary School and had solicited the assistance of the District Assembly. The Assembly converted the existing structure at Amankona Diawuo J.S.S into Presbyterian Secondary School and earmarked a big plot for the extension of the school.

He mobilized the community to put up structures for the school. When he was appointed Deputy Minister for Education, he asked the GES to inspect the school for possible absorption by Government and the school was absorbed into the public system in 1995.

  • Schools, Clinics, Markets, Feeder Roads and Berekum – Kato Street Lights were all some of the projects he completed in Berekum under the auspices of the District Assembly.

He passed on in October 2013 at age 77. May his soul rest in peace

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