Mr. A. K. de Youngster
He was born on 26th October 1935 at Asamankese. From 1943 to 1952 he attended the Asamankese Roman Catholic Primary and Middle School. While in forms 3 and 4, he won government scholarship to Opoku Ware Secondary School – Kumasi and Government Secondary Technical, (GSTS) Takoradi respectively. But for financial constraints, his desire for further education failed. After the Middle School education he commenced a vocational training in goldsmithing. With the innate urge for higher education, while at the college, he enrolled at the Workers College for the GCE ‘O’ level, with course materials supplied by the Rapid Results College (RRC). In 1968, he obtained the GCE ‘O’ level. His attempt at the GCE ‘A’ level never materialized when RRC failed to supply the course materials needed. To satisfy his bond service, on completion of the teacher training, he taught for 5 years from 1967 to 1972 at the Kotobabi Middle School.
With an enviable flair and attribute for teaching he became a resource person many private schools hunted for. It was Ridge Church School that hunted better, where he taught from 1972 to 1977, being the first male teacher on the staff. Between 1977 and 1980, he moved to Aggrey Memorial International School Kanda, as headmaster.
During these teaching years the demand from parents for private tutelage for their children and wards kept increasing. A few seed for a private school was being nursed.
The combined experience from the public school and the private international school gave a deeper insight on the plight of brilliant but poor children’s inability to progress to higher levels of laurel, as was his case. The attempt to offer a life line to children of such bracket, through quality education with low financial demands, dictated the commencement of the De Youngster’s International School. The school which unofficially took off in his Kokomlemle residence in 1980, was officially opened in September 1981 with 136 puplis. The school now has 5 compounds and turned out over 6,000 pupils. Through the school over 300 people are in employment including food vendors.
As the Managing Director of the De Youngster’s International School, his active involvement in the Private Schools Association earned him extreme respect and appointments. Between 1992 and 1993 he was appointed the Greater Accra Zonal Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools, then to Regional Chairman (from 1993 - 1998), and to membership of the National Executive Council. In 2002 he was nominated to serve on the Ghana Education Service Council (the advisory council of the Ministry of Education) for 3 years.
He also served on the Accra Teacher Training College Board for 6 years and the Mangoase Senior Secondary School Board for four years. On the social front, currently, he is the patron of the Church Choir, Christian Father’s Association and the Holy Family Association all of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church Kpehe where he worships. He is also a patron of the Ghana Handball Association. He has sponsored the annual De Youngster’s Knockout Handball competition for the past thirteen years.
His social activities have been outstanding. Very typical, is the philanthropic sponsorship of numerous children’s education up to the university level. He is married with 8 children. To say but the least he is a born workaholic, a philanthropist and a disciplinarian who believes in honesty to the later.