ENACTUS –UG, on Friday June 19, 2015, won this year’s edition of the Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF) community service awards, beating five other teams from different tertiary institutions in Ghana. The gallant team will receive a sum of GH₵ 10,000 (GH₵7,000 to implement their community project and GH₵ 3,000 for participants of the team).
The event took place at the British Council Hall, Accra June 19 between 12noon and 4pm
About the community service award
The Community Service Award was initiated in March 2014 by Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF) and Selfless 4Africa Inc. (S4A) and is aimed at cultivating a spirit of volunteerism and community service among young people. Participation in the scheme is open to tertiary students across the country. Groups of 3 to 5 tertiary students identify a deprived community in Ghana and come up with an innovative proposal to address some of the needs of the youth in that community. A winner is chosen at a grand finale and award ceremony by a panel of distinguished judges and awarded GH₵ 10,000 (GH₵7,000 to implement the community project and GH₵ 3,000 for participants of the winning team).
This year’s awards scheme was launched in April 2015, and received 30 proposals from 10 tertiary institutions across the country, the Award scheme received 30 submissions from students from ten tertiary institutions including University of Ghana, University of Professional Studies, University of Mines & Technology, Garden City University, Wisconsin International University, Radford University, University of Cape Coast, Catholic University College and Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology.
Out of the applications received, 6 teams were shortlisted to make presentations on their projects at the Grand Finale and awards ceremony which took place yesterday at the British council auditorium, Accra where Enactus UG received the award for placing first, whiles teams from KNUST and Catholic university college placed second and third respectively.
The winning team (Enactus UG) is expected to implement their project within a period of 3moths at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital where they presented their proposal on.
Below are the teams that participated in this year’s challenge
Team Name and Summary of Proposal
Advise Volunteers (Radford University)
Establishment of a vocational center for the youth at Akuni, Eastern Region
Enactus (University of Ghana)
Renovation of the Occupational Therapy centre at Accra Psychiatric Hospital to train cured patients in the arts of beads stringing etc.
Innovative Technocrats (KNUST)
Construction of Silos at Asamang Konya to protect harvested maize grains from insects, and training of the young women in liquid soap production.
Potter-Clay (University of Cape Coast)
Provision of books & uniforms to 200 pupils in Anyinase, Eastern Region and sponsor the best student through Senior High School
Allure (Catholic University College)
Equipping JHS & SHS graduates of Afrisipakrom, Brong Ahafo Region with bead making skills.
Construction of 4 urine-diversion toilet (EcoSan Toilet) to separate urine from feaces to generate compost for farmers in Antoa, Ashanti Region
In the long term, the Foundation seeks to use the Awards scheme as a platform to drive volunteerism, innovation and community service among tertiary students and the youth at large. The platform will also be used to honour corporate bodies that partner youth groups and students to innovatively solve social problems facing the country.
Congratulations to Enactus UG for making University of Ghana proud. We wish you well in your bid to serve the underprivileged in society through volunteerism.