Gender Directorate Organises Mentoring for Senior Members

A two-day mentoring workshop has been organized by the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate for newly appointed senior members of the University to assist them in progressing in their career development in the University.

The workshop was held from 24th to 25th April, 2017 and attended by twenty (20) mentees and four (4) mentors from selected departments in the university.

The Dean of the Faculty of Science Education, Prof. Samuel Asiedu-Addo encouraged mentees to be committed to the mentoring programme and use it as an opportunity to conduct research since it formed a major component of the assessment criteria for progression of senior members in the university. He advised mentees to do joint papers for publication as a way of corroborating facts and information and also sharing knowledge in their field of specialty.

The Head of Department for the Centre for Teacher Development and Action Research (CETDAR) at the Institute of Educational Development and Extension (IEDE), Dr. Mrs. Sally Essuman took mentees through topics aimed at enhancing their understanding of Mentoring. Topics such as the concepts of mentoring, roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees, benefits of mentoring to the mentor and mentee, qualities and skills needed to be possessed by the mentor and mentee, and issues of cross-section mentoring relationship and rules guiding a formalized mentoring relationship were among the several other topics considered.

She stated that mentoring is “for professional growth and therefore mentees must be willing to accept the different viewpoints, keen on new challenges, have a positive attitude and assume responsibility for their development.”

Relating to the models of mentoring, she enumerated seven models; apprenticeship model, competence model, reflective model, collegial model, friendship model, informal model, and peer model that can be adopted in a mentoring programme to achieve set objectives.

Dr. Mrs. Essuman again said mentors would serve as trusted advisors, supportive guides in career objectives, tutor and supporter, hence mentees must take advantage the mentorship to build a good relationship with their mentors and also enhance their knowledge as mentors of the mentoring concept. 

On rules and regulations guiding formalized mentoring and its benefits, she observed that “A good mentoring programme should have a guiding structure, objective, desired outcomes and review mechanisms.”

Other facilitators at the workshop were Ms. Georgina Tibu, Assistant Registrar at the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate and the Ag.Director, Obaapanin Oforiwaa Adu.

Source: Media Relations