The Sacred Heart Senior High School (SAHESS) at Nsoatre in the Sunyani West District of the Bono Region has launched a five-year Strategic Plan to give transformational direction, promote academic excellence and to make the school among the finest in the country. Authorities are therefore raising GHC432,000 funds internally towards realistic implementation of the Plan, which among other things seeks to transform students through holistic education and formation as well as support human resource and improve on infrastructural development of the school. According to Reverend Sister Benedicta Uzokwe, the Headmistress of SAHESS, the school had gone through several phases of growth and transformation from a very humble and difficult beginning to a more conducive environment for effective teaching and learning. “After celebrating the 40 years of existence of this noble institution, it is only worthwhile, as the common saying goes “an unexamined life is not worth living” that we take stock of our past and plan for the future to find ways and means of strategizing to position our school strategically on the national front”, she said. Rev. Sis. Uzokwe said the task ahead remained enormous and called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders to help transform and push the school to an institute of high academic excellence, Speaking on the theme “Sacred heart of Jesus: the pivot of the new strategic direction for quality education”, Dr Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu, the President of the College for Community and Organisational Development (CCOD), underscored the need to critically think about a new direction to add value to improve on the catholic educational model. CCOD is a private university in Sunyani which designed the Strategic Plan for the school. Quality education Dr Benarkuu explained ought to promote sustainable development and global citizenship through addressing the need for adequate physical infrastructure and safety, inclusive environments that nurture learning for all, regardless of background or disability status. It also means Scholarships scheming; where developed economies and philanthropists offer scholarships to students, in a structured manner to build the capability of students to achieve one’s dream in education as well as addressing the equity, inclusion and quality educational gaps. Dr Benarkuu noted that teachers remained a fundamental condition for guaranteeing quality education, hence the need to empower them adequately and improve on their condition of service to motivate them to work harder. Bishop Mathew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani Diocese, commended the school for the new direction, and expressed the hope that with support from all stakeholders the school would be able achieve a better standard.