The Sociology Students’ Association (SOCSA) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has donated two metal containers, tools and equipment to graduands of the Kotei-Deduako Community Special Vocational School (For the Intellectually Disabled) in the Oforikrom Municipality of the Ashanti region. This project was initiated by the Patron of the Association, Dr. Kwadwo Ofori-Dua to help the Community Special Vocational School, which was established for providing vocational training to students with intellectual disability where they participate in comprehensive programmes in Life Skills that prepare, promote and empower them for independent living in their communities.
The tools and equipment, which includes sharp knife, hammer, scissors, solution/glue, black and white thread, shoe pin, shoe brush, rivets, metal rule, smoothing machine, iron lace, shoe polish, etc. will help the graduands to start their own business in order to earn a living and be resourceful in their society. This forms part of the Association’s corporate social responsibilities.
The Association aims at Redefining Society, For Quality Development and therefore believes that development within Ghana’s rural communities should be a collective effort by all individuals and organisations who are in the capacity to support the government in such regard.
The executive body led by the President of the Association, Master Amonoo Akwasi Asare, made the presentation together with the Patron, Dr. Kwadwo Ofori-Dua; The Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Dr. Jonathan Mensah Dapaah and other stakeholders.
The President urged other student leaders and associations to take part in such initiatives to help the society. He said; “As a student of Sociology, I believe every individual is a change agent in the society and therefore I would encourage everyone to identify problems of this nature in our societies and solve them in their own capacity.”
Dr. Kwadwo Ofori-Dua, who is the Patron of the Association and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Work stated that; “ Persons with Disabilities have always faced physical, emotional and other forms of societal abuse. In addition, those who have these challenges should not be referred to as Disabled. I would therefore encourage Individuals, Students Leaders, Ghana Education Service, and Ministry of Education to help persons with physical challenges in their own small way. These people do not need any big form of help but the little we could do would put smiles on their faces and make them assets in the Society”.
Dr. Jonathan Mensah Dapaah, Head of Department and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Work also said; “In the study of human societies the Department seeks to develop and refine knowledge about human society and applying such knowledge to the pursuit of social welfare. The department undertakes various studies to help improve the lives of people, groups, and societies as part of its social responsibilities. We promote social welfare and the community in general through the provision of a wide range of services and resources to many people”.
The HOD and Patron commended the 2019-2020 Executives for this initiative and leaving a Legacy.
The family of the beneficiaries as well as the representatives of the Community Special School were grateful to the Sociology Students’ Association for the donation and the kind gesture.
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