The OLA College of Education in the Cape Coast Archdiocese is preparing to celebrate a monumental milestone as it approaches its centenary anniversary in April 2024.
Founded in 1924 by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, Our Lady of Apostles College of Education, affectionately known as OLA College of Education, has been a cornerstone of female education in Ghana for a century.
The upcoming celebration will honor a hundred years of achievements, memories, and significant milestones in the institution’s history.
The origins of the college trace back to the foresight of Rev. Mother Acquiline Tobin, an Irish Missionary of OLA Sisters, who recognized the necessity of training Ghanaian female teachers to support the educational efforts of the expatriate OLA Nuns in the then Gold Coast.
From its humble beginnings as a Catholic Training Centre with six school leavers in 1924, the college has grown into a prestigious institution renowned for producing outstanding educators.
Recognizing the need for expansion, the college moved to a new location outside Cape Coast in 1935, with blessings from His Lordship, Monsignor William T. Porter, marking a new chapter in its history.
Over the years, the college has evolved, adapting to the changing educational landscape. In 2005, it was accredited by the National Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Education and became affiliated with the University of Cape Coast, offering the Teachers Diploma in Basic Education (DBE).
The passage of the Colleges of Education Act 847 of 2012 further elevated the status of OLA College of Education to a Public Tertiary Education Institution, solidifying its position as a leader in teacher training.