Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
The Central University College (CUC) has so far nurtured about 4,000 second -year students to undertake community service in a number of institutions and organisations in the country to help them gain working and live experience and also help other communities.
The annual activity is part of the students extra curriculum development besides helping them to gain working and life experiences before completing school.
Speaking to the Times in an interview in Accra, the Head of the community Service Programme of CUC, Reverend Tetteh Djangmah, said the programme was in line with the university’s desire to nurture transformational leaders who make an impact on society.
He said students during their stay at CUC are obliged to partake in community service, which is slated for the semester period between December and January, and June and August annually.
“The service”, he said,” is undertaken over a period of four weeks,” adding that “is in five modules”.
He said the first module is the School Teaching Programme, where students periodically teach pupils and make presentations on non-traditional subjects such as personal hygiene, good study techniques and improving self confidence.
“The second ,” he said , is ‘individual monitoring, where students were assigned to locals in the community to befriend and guide school children in order to encourage them to pursue tertiary education ,whilst the third is ‘home tutoring ‘,where students are assigned as home tutors to assist school children who have difficulties with their school work.
Under the forth module which is ‘student initiative project’, students are given the opportunity to design and implement their own voluntary projects and partner with other corporate organizations.
Students, who select the fifth module which is ‘Evangelism/Health Outreach’, organize or partake in health or Christian programmes.
The Director of the Business Development Centre of the university , Mr. Yaw Sarpong, said most students partaking in this year’s service were taken to various hospitals including the Tema General Hospital and the Korle - Bu Teaching Hospital, adding that others were also doing theirs in schools, including the Salvation Army A & B Basics schools , and New Horizon School.
Some students, he noted, were also taken to places like the Accra Sports stadium, orphanages, and the autism centre at Kokomlemle, post offices among other organizations.
He said the programme started two years ago and has helped students are participating in it very well.
The Headmistress of Salvation army “A” school, Madam Philomina Aning Twum commended the University on introducing such a programme and called on other Universities to initiate similar programmes.
The Educational Coordinator of the New Horizon School, Jocelyn Adobea said the students helped decrease the workload of the staff, that the students have learnt much about caring for children.”
A student participant of the service, stationed at the Fevers Centre of the Korle Teaching Hospital, Emmanuel Nettey said the service has assisted him to identify some causes of various diseases, adding that he could now take the laboratory test of the sick, when asked to