Five in all, the students have set out to touch lives of many rural poor in society through skills and vocational training, public conscientization and awareness creation on the need to keep children in school, provision of reading materials to schools in remote areas, sanitation on Legon campus and public education on reproductive health issues in some selected senior high schools.
The five students; Emmanuel Akrong, Alberta Wolanyo Agordzo, Alberta Larbi-Amoah, Annor Michael Darko and Eirene Binabila are all students majoring in Theater for Development, a course offered at the Department of Theatre Arts in the University.
Emmanuel Akrong’s project focuses on sanitation on Legon campus, where he intends to embark on a campaign titled, ‘cleanliness for all’ to ensure that students keep their surroundings neat and clean.
Alberta Wolanyo Agordzo takes up a project in education. She has selected a basic school in the Volta region to donate textbooks and other reading materials.She noted in her presentation that inadequate textbooks have compelled teachers of the school to rely on only one book for form one up to three.
With the alarming high figures of teenage pregnancies among young girls at the Senior High School (SHS) level, Alberta Larbi-Amoah is embarking on a reproductive health awareness and campaign on some selected SHS. Titled, ‘Live Right –Live Well’, Alberta seeks to educate SHS girls on how to take care of themselves throughout their adolescent periods.
On his part, Michael Darko Annor observed that some parents in the Eastern region of Ghana do not care about their wards’ education. He is therefore embarking on both community and school based public education on the need for parents to support their children throughout education. He stated that most parents prefer to spend money on funeral rather than on the education of their kids.
Finally, Eirene Binabiba is empowering women between the ages of 18 and 22 economically by providing free skills and vocational training. The participants will be trained in sewing, beading, etc.
Each project will be assessed at the end of the academic year and appropriate marks allocated to each student leading to the award of their undergraduate degree.
Mr. Abdul Karim Hakib is the project coordinator.