Educational Institutions Must Offer Solutions To Societal Problems
Ms Viola Tebah, Founder of “The Tebah Educational Initiative,” on Tuesday challenged educational institutions to holistically developed human resources for the global market.
“The essence of modern education is to unearth skills and totally equip the graduates to offer solutions to societies numerous problems….any educational system which produces graduates to add-up to societal problems needs to examine its mandates.
“Ghana and Africa need pragmatic youth who are ready to brace the storm, explore global opportunities and resources and use it to solve domestic challenges,” Ms Tebah said in a statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra
She said in 2018, Tebah Educational Initiative would step-up programmes aimed at creating a platform for mentoring students to reach their full potential.
“We will step-up efforts to nurture students on the right path to life,” she said, stressing that the foundation last year influenced the lives of about 200 students in Ghana and over 6,000 students in the United States, Haiti, and South Africa.
Ms Tebah noted that this year the foundation would continue to encourage and motivate students through educational programmes, mentorship and scholarship opportunities across the world.
She said the foundation seeks collaboration with strategic stakeholders to provide the tools and means for a quality education, which forms an essential ingredient for students across the globe beginning in Ghana to enter in the global workplace.
“Our mission is to give hope, inspire, motivate and encourage the students we work with to continue to strive for academic excellence. We offer students the opportunity to excel throughout their education for the advancement of their country and the world at large.
“We offer scholarship opportunities through the Tebah Private Donor Award
Scholarship scheme, provide Self Awareness Mentorship Programmes, and encourage students in self-development activities by engaging them in debates, sports, and other extracurricular activities,” she said.
She said through the initiative, “we have high expectations and hopes for our students. We are establishing a culture to harness their skills and talents in their education, while guiding them to become successful future leaders”.
Ms Tebah said the Educational Initiative has operated in three Regions in the country for the past four years, using creative methods to encourage disadvantaged students to excel by offering mentorship programmes, summer camps, after school activities and vocational skill training.
Giving an overview of 2017 projects, she said the foundation climaxed its activities with a six-day event on the theme: “We Mentor, Educate and Care for a Brighter Future”.
Students from three schools from the Western Region (Air force JHS, Ntankoful JHS, Archbishop Porter Girls SHS), two from Northern Region(Tamale JHS, Tamale Girls) and one school from the Upper East Region participated in the programme.
Students from the various schools graced the occasion with amazing performances in plays on the importance of education, choreography, speeches, poetry and cultural dance.
As part of the 2017 activities, students were offered opportunity to develop and present a creative business plan at the event.
The groups presented their business plans from Catering Services, Barbering Shop, Shea Butter Production Company, Estates Managements, and Fashion Design