History of the Furman Foundation School

FFS started operating as a school on the 2nd of September, 2014. On this day, about twenty (20) new students reported to school. At its inception, FFS had nursery, KG and grade 1 classes. The number of teachers stood at four (4). Resources at the school were very limited and only basic facilities were available. Lunch for students was prepared under an avocado tree as there was no kitchen for that purpose. Also, the temporal toilet facility was completed about three weeks after FFS began. The provisional arrangement was for students to use the toilet facility of a nearby house. Overall, there was an expectation that improvements in physical infrastructure would take place with time. The school is named after Mr. and Mrs. Mike Furman, a wide-read American Christian missionary couple who home-schooled all their five (5) children to the senior high school level. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Londa Furman took up the responsibility of educating Furman Foundation School’s founder (G. A Sarpong) after he completed junior high school in Ghana.

This was through the distance education mode where learning materials were sent by post and assignments scanned and submitted through emails and chats in Yahoo! Messenger environment. Owing to this, there is an overarching philosophy that self-made scholarship is within the reach of the diligent. Teachers are expected to be guides and not impediments in the learning process. It is believed that quality education is best achieved when the seeker of knowledge gives the necessary attention to autodidactism. FFS was duly recognized by the Ghana Education Service after its first year of existence. This was after an inspection by a team from the Private Schools Unit of the Ghana Education Service at the Afigya Kwabre District of the Ashanti region.


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  • “Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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