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The Old Achimotan Association, (OAA) is an Association of former pupils and staff of the Prince of Wales College, later Achimota College and School. Its objectives are stated in the Constitution of the Association. The Association's mandate is exercised through an Executive Committee which comprises a group of 14 elected and ex officio members.
An abridged account of the history of the OAA written by Akora K A Cato, recounts that the formation of the Association arose from a tradition of the Accra Government Teachers' Training College where former student-teachers of the College met once a year during the long vacations for refresher courses for a few days. It is recorded that during these courses, former pupils and staff of the College, which had formed the nucleus of the Teacher Training Department of Achimota in 1927, took great interest in coming together to renew acquaintances.
It was during one of these meetings in 1929, that on the initiative of Rev A G Fraser, the first Principal of the College, the decision was taken to form an association. The Association was formed to maintain the interest of former pupils and staff in the well-being of the School.
Sandy Fraser, a member of staff of the School and son of Rev Fraser was its first organising secretary. The first General Meeting of the OAA was held on 23rd December 1930 at the School. Thereafter these meetings were held on an annual basis. Members took the opportunity to visit the School, staying on the campus for 3 to 4 days at a time.
The OAA Today
The Association has grown considerably in size since then, adapting its structure on the way. It has gone from a small association of past students and staff, carrying out functions through volunteers, to a more formal organisation with its constitution and office with a small complement of paid staff. Currently general meetings are held biennially in November and the OAA Annual Memorial Service too in the same month.
Membership of the Association is open to students and staff of the School who satisfy criteria set out in the Constitution of the OAA. A recent development is the induction of leaving students into the OAA at a short ceremony at the School during which they pledge, in the words of the OAA Induction Pledge, to conduct themselves in a manner so as to further the cause of the Association and School. A similar ceremony has been held in recent times during a special service for staff of the School who joined the Association.
Organisation of The OAA
The functioning of the OAA is organised around
Biennial General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting is now held once in two years making it the Biennial General Meeting. They used to be held on the Sunday in November after the OAA's Annual Memorial Service. It now takes place on the Sunday after the Memorial Service during which the Executive Committee gives an account of their stewardship to the wider, general membership. In recent years this has included the submission of audited accounts for the years past for scrutiny, and subsequent adoption by free vote. Minutes are recorded and made available to members at the next general meeting. (Copies of the previous meetings minutes will be made available online in pdf format.) Officials and members of the Association are elected at this meeting for a term of two years.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is made up of 11 elected members and 3 ex-officio members. They are:
The 8 members of the Executive Committee are Akoras:
The ex-officio members are:
A list of past members of the Executive Committee may be found on this site.
The Executve Committee which is mandated by the Constitution of the OAA to manage the affairs of the Association and administer its funds including authorising sundry payments, meets once a month to discuss matters, in the exercise of its mandate.
The Executive Committee in exercising its mandate to manage the affairs of the Association,
The work of Executive Committee is done largely through sub-committees. The current list of sub-committees are the:
Year Groups Representatives Meeting
This meeting is the main forum, outside the Biennial General Meeting, for the discussion of matters affecting the OAA and the School. It used to be held once a month on the second Friday of every month at 6:00 pm at the School, but the venue was changed to the SSNIT Guest House when the traffic to Achimota got very bad. The meetings which are now held quarterly are attended by representatives of year groups selected by the individual year groups. Minutes of the meetings are taken and circulated to the attendees by the Secretariat prior to the next meeting. The meetings are chaired by the OAA President, and matters of interest are taken forward to the next meeting of the Executive Committee.
Year groups are by far the largest grouping of the OAA. They comprise a year for each group of students that have passed out of the School, usually at one of O Level or its equivalent.The groups are essentially a gathering of classmates who meet periodically for social purposes and to promote their interest in the well-being of the School.
Year Groups exist within the Constitution of the OAA. Whilst free to choose their own administrative and governing structures, most if not all the structures selected generally reflect the structure of the main body, with a President, Secretary and Treasurer as their principal officers.
With the School attaining 80 years, there are theoretically 80 year groups in existence but not all of them are in existence or a active.
Regional Branches are provided for in theConstitution of the OAA. They may be formed in any of the administrative regions in or outside Ghana. In Ghana any regional grouping, branches sometimes referred to as chapters may be formed. The procedure for forming such groups is outlined in the Constitution.
Branches and groupings form their own administrative structures distinct from those of the OAA, levy their own dues, and administer their funds as they deem appropriate to help with the running of their respective organisations, and elect their officers according to their respective constitutions. They also determine their own meeting times and places.
Regional branches and groupings meet like OAA year groups to discuss matters pertaining to the well- being of the Association and the School. Their agenda frequently takes into account the particular nature of the grouping. Links are maintained with School, and the Association of which all groupings form a part.
Details of active branches and groups will be published on this site.
The OAA Office is the first point of call for all Akoras on alumni matters, with staff who support the Executive Committee in administering the OAA. Its office is located on the School's premises, at the Staff Club House with a permanent staff of three:
Dues’ Payment Schedule