Department of Food and Nutrition Organises Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Display

The Department of Food and Nutrition Education has held an exhibition of cake decoration, sugarcraft and practices in family living for its final year students at the forecourt of the Faculty of Home Economics Education.  

The students adorned their tables with a variety of cakes including wedding, organisational, anniversary, “kente” designed, mirror glazed, jelly, fancy cakes of all kinds and home improvement artefacts such as paper flowers, floor mats, chandeliers, scatter cushion, chair backs, table runners, placemats and a lot more.   

The Head, Department of Food and Nutrition Education, Mr. Guy Eshun, in his welcome address, reinforced the practical-oriented programmes by the Faculty to offer students the opportunity to be equipped with skills for entrepreneurship.

“Our task is to provide step-by-step assistance to individuals who enroll as students to make them professionals at the time of their graduation,” he said. 

He projected, “the theme for this exhibition is ‘acquisition of sugarcraft skills for entrepreneurial empowerment. The COVID-19 pandemichas affected economic activities globally and we believe that our programmes will readily provide employment avenues for our students on passing out, thereby reducing the unemployment burden on the state”.

Some cake decorations on display at the event

The Dean, Faculty of Home Economics Education, Prof. Phyllis Forster, who chaired the occasion, in her remarks, accentuated the importance of exhibitions in the education sector. 

“It shows what students are capable of doing. It shows the public that you gain something from reading these programmes. That is why we are here to see the ideas you have; the innovations you have and; the level of your creativity,” she stated.  

Dr. (Mrs.) Hagar Bampoe-Addo speaking on behalf of the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq.

Deputy Registrar at the Office of the Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Hagar Bampoe-Addo, who opened the exhibition on behalf of the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq., on her part, was excited about the University of Education, Winneba’s asset to advance the capacity building to such magnitude.  

“On behalf of the Registrar and Management, we are happy to train professional teachers to further train students and others in our nation and so we have the privilege of training professionals to fill the manpower sector of the nation. We, therefore, have a very huge task ahead of us,” she affirmed.  

From top (right); Dean, Faculty of Home Economics Education, Prof. Phyllis Forster, Ms. Janet Agyarkwaa Oti, Mr. Guy Eshun and Ms. Naomi Uche

Course Lecturer, Ms. Janet Agyarkwaa Oti, who gave the purpose for gathering, recalled that the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Home Economics Education programme endowed individuals with marketable skills to fit into the society. She revealed that in line with that rationale the courses sugarcraft and cake decoration, and practice in family living were designed.    

“Sugarcraft and Cake Decoration and Practice in Family Living are courses offered by level 400 students in their 8th semester. As part of the course of study, students are taught cake making, types of icing, cake craft, home improvement and many more. Students are expected to ice a cake to depict a theme and produce artefacts for home improvement which forms part of the assessment for the courses HEC 481 and HEC 482. Accordingly, what we will witness today is in fulfilment of what students have learnt from the beginning to the end of the courses,” she stated. 

Course Lecturer, Ms. Janet Agyarkwaa Oti, displaying her dancing skills with some of her students

A final year student, Ms. Naomi Uche delivered a brief message on behalf of the student body at the event. In her message, she appreciated Lecturers of the Faculty of Home Economics Education for incorporating sugarcraft and cake decoration into their programme. 

“We extend our greatest gratitude to the Departments of Integrated Home Economics and Food and Nutrition for giving us the skills to anchor our entrepreneurial journey after graduation. Our Lecturers have done a yeoman’s job and we say ayekoo for endowing us with some entrepreneurial skills. We have been empowered with relevant skills to train the youth in our schools and communities and we hope that we would help to reduce the unemployment rate in our various communities,” she asserted.  

Prof. Forster examining some cake and sugarcraft products at the exhibition. In the background are Dr. (Mrs.) Hagar Bampoe-Addo and Ms. Agyarkwaa Oti and some members of staff