A team of three Regent students came in second place in the grand finale of the 2017 Community Service Award (CSA) competition for tertiary students, which took place on June 28, 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The annually-held Community Service Award competition challenges student teams to identify a deprived community and come up with an innovative proposal to tackle some of the challenges facing young people in the community. Participating teams are also required to undertake volunteering activities.
The Regent students, Joseph Unuakhe Omueti (Level 400), Ojodu Sodiq Olawale (Level 400), and Amoako George Amofa (Level 300) advanced to the final of the competition, after going head to head with teams from 54 tertiary institutions in the quarter final of the competition.
Competing in the grand final were student teams from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Regent University College of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Development Studies, University of Mines and Technology, University of Energy and Natural Resources and Bolgatanga Polytechnic. The Regent team, named ‘Team Change’, was the only Private University team to make it to the grand finale of the competition.
Each finalist delivered a 5-minute presentation on an innovative project they had conceived to address specific challenges in a deprived community. The projects were then assessed by a panel of distinguished judges drawn from various sectors.
The Regent team’s project sought to train orphans resident at the Potters Place Orphanage in the art and business of soap making as a means of helping them earn a living. The project also sought to provide the orphans with educational materials.
At the end of the competition, the University of Cape Coast team won the first prize, with its project aimed at constructing a modern fish smoking device to help fishmongers.
Regent University College came in second, while University of Health and Allied Sciences placed third.
“It was a real honour representing Regent in the final round of the competition, and competing against teams from other great universities in Ghana”, said Ojodu Sodiq Olawale. “I am grateful to God for such an awesome experience”.
The Community Service Award was launched in March 2014 by Osei-Kusi Foundation and Selfless 4Africa Inc. The Award scheme aims at cultivating a spirit of volunteerism and community service among young people. The scheme also seeks to encourage the youth to be selfless, innovative and commit themselves to supporting people living in deprived communities.
It is the biggest platform promoting volunteerism, patriotism and community service among tertiary students in Ghana.
The scheme which has been running since 2014, is endorsed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Education, the National Youth Authority, the Head of State Awards Scheme and the Association of Ghana Industries