Former UEW SRC Vice-President wins Databank Leadership and Excellence Award

The 2016/2017 academic year Students’ Representative Council (SRC) Vice-President of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Mr. Emmanuel Kodwo Amoako emerged one of the winners of the 2017/2018 Leadership and Excellence Award organised by Databank Foundation.

The Databank Foundation’s Leadership and Excellence Award initiated in 2008, is presented annually to graduates from tertiary institutions that exhibited exceptional leadership qualities and achieved brilliant academic performances as student leaders for specific periods. Currently, the initiative covers seven institutions namely UEW, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, Central University, Pentecost University College and African University College of Communications.

Proud UEW winner, Mr. Emmanuel Kodwo Amoako enlightening attendees on how the Educational Guide Project was developed

The criteria for the award include a presentation of a project that will be undertaken by an awardee within a period of six months. Three entries were made by each of the seven institutions to the Foundation for evaluation by a jury. Eventually, three out of the 21 entries made emerged overall winners.  

The project that won UEW’s Emmanuel Kodwo Amoako the award is titled Educational Guide. Educational Guide is a career development programme designed to provide adequate and relevant information to students in Senior High Schools (SHS) in Winneba about tertiary education admission requirements, programmes that can be pursued at the tertiary level with their current programme of study at SHS and the various employment opportunities available for a particular programme of study.

Awardees from Central University, University of Ghana, Legon and UEW in a pose

The project seeks to also provide an opportunity for SHS graduates to undergo entrepreneurship training to enable them venture into small scale businesses. The project once completed will contribute to ensuring that SHS students in Winneba continue to pursue their careers for the betterment of themselves and the community at large.

Explaining what informed his decision to develop the Educational Guide project, Mr. Amoako expounded that most youth in the Effutu Municipality were interested in fishing rather than concentrating on pursuing higher education after their SHS education.  

“My encounter with some sections of the youth revealed that, they could not obtain the required grades needed to pursue tertiary education simply because they did not have knowledge of the basic requirements to enter any tertiary institution in Ghana. So, I said to myself why don’t I develop something that could resolve this canker; hence, the development of this project.” He said.

The winners and representatives from sister universities after the ceremony

He expressed gratitude to Databank Foundation and lecturers at the School of Business, UEW for the immense support and mentorship that has brought him this far.   

Mr. Amoako was accompanied by the Head, Department of Human Resource Management, Dr. Bernard B. B. Binghab and a Principal Administrative Assistant, University Relations Office and Media, Ms. Florence Okore-Hanson to receive his award.

 Mr. Amoako, supported by Head, Department of Human Resource Management, Dr. Bernard B. B. Binghab  (immediate left) and UEW representative (far right)

Attendees at the Leadership and Excellence Award presentation