On that faithful day, he asked me to pay the amount of 15.00. He made me understand that, as soon as you gain admission into any College of Education and complete payment of your admission fees, you are an automatic member.
As a fresher and a stubborn one for that matter, I informed him of my predicament and promised to pay when things get well.
Since then, he has been on my neck to pay the money. I did all I could to avoid the payment because I lacked adequate knowledge on what the Association was all about.
Fast forward, the Second Semester of Level 100 came to an end. It was all joy. Most especially to me, it was joy because I couldn’t pay the 15.00 he insisted I paid.
Sakyi Komla Mawuli Richmond called me on phone whiles we were on vacation. He asked if I would be at Congress. I made him send me documents concerning the Association in other to aid me understand into details, what it entails. I however made him know that, I was not going to make it to Dambai.
Even though he was sad, he understood my reasons and accepted my excuse in good faith. I wished him luck and eventually, luck found him.
With Richmond as the Sector Vice President, I got to understand more about the Association. I got access to documents upon documents (they were meant for the public consumption). Those documents made me understand more, what the Association aimed at doing.
I decided to develop interest in the National Front of the Association when the issue of Trainee’s Allowance came up. I initiated the policy of “Speak When You Know”.
I started soliciting for contacts of people who once served the Association. I got contacts of people who were in the helm of affairs of the Association. Yes, I got the links and got to “Know” hence had the chance to speak.
Upon all the links I got, I still remained calm and silent. I followed those who had the upper hands so long as issues of interest to trainees were concerned. I learnt a lot!
The Komenda, the Dormaa, the Ada, the Assin Fosu among others were my experience within the Association. I was so insignificant to an extent, nobody recognized me whenever, and wherever we meet.
To learn, you need to make a lot of sacrifices. As we moved from the Dormaa to the Komenda through Ada, I was never a delegate (those who understand the role of delegates will know how much it cost me on all those trips). I never had the opportunity to join the buses that conveyed delegates. How I got fed and where I spent my nights, we will talk about later.
As TTAG marks her 26th Anniversary today, I wish trainees across the 46 Public Colleges of Education nothing but the best in their Academic Activities.
Let us always mean well as models for development. For by that, we will achieve the reason for which we came together in purpose.
I will be back with the other part of the story. Till then.
Joshua Kwasi Tettey