A sixteen-member delegation from the Kloma Gbi, Youth Advocacy Group from the Yilo Krobo land in the Eastern Region has paid a courtesy call on the Management of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, (UESD) at its campus in Somanya in the Eastern Region.
The purpose of the visit was to form a possible collaboration between the University and the Youth Advocacy Group in the area of education and environmental sustainability.
The delegation consisted of the executives and some members of the Kloma Gbi led by their leader, Mr. Herman Ablade Adjase-Kojo.
They were received by the Registrar, Mrs Mary Abena Agyepong and other Senior Members in the Auditorium of the Multi-Purpose Building. Also present were some executives of the SRC of the University.
Mrs. Agyepong welcomed the team and, highlighted some key aspects of the establishment of the University, including the Mission, Vision, Core Values, the programmes on offer and the activities that have been undertaken by the University.
She expressed excitement about Kloma Gbi’s interest to build a relationship with the University and the involvement of the indigenes of Yilo Krobo land where the University is situated.
The Registrar applauded the effort of a member of leading member of the group, Dr. Emmanuel Angmor who is also a teaching staff of UESD and the Head of the Department of Applied Economics at the School of Sustainable Development (SSD), for, “ensuring that the University does not only stay in its confines, but bring the University to the community.’’
Mrs. Agyepong told the visitors about the Community-Based Experiential Learning (CoBEL) programme of the University. She said, it is a requirement for level 200 students of the University aspiring to level 300. During the CoBEL, the students profile their communities under the supervision of their Lecturers.
She said, the first (1st) batch of students was deployed into Sixteen (16) communities around Somanya, Dodowa and Asutsuare in the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions in October 2022.
The President of the SRC, Miss. Esther Appah expressed her profound gratitude to the group for the visit and assured them of the SRC’s preparedness to work hand in hand and collaborate with it to promote the growth of Krobo land. She said, there is a lot that the SRC executives are working on and it is in line with the vision and mission of Kloma Gbi.
The leader of the delegation, Mr. Herman Ablade Adjase-Kodjo indicated that membership of the group cuts across various professional backgrounds in: Academia, Medicine, Media/Communication, Agric, Law, Engineering, Security Services, Hospitality, Artisanship, and Entrepreneurship.
He said, the network is open to people of Krobo ancestry and other ethnic groups who have demonstrated commitment to the development of Krobo land Mr. Adjase-Kodjo explained that Kloma Gbi has formed partnerships with various organizations including some educational institutions.
He outlined their vision, mission, some specific objectives and some projects the group handles including a tailor-made educational mentorship programme which targets basic schools in Krobo land to spark some interest in the pupils and also motivate them with awards and learning materials. He said, the group also has a project called EduTour, where pupils from, ‘poor-performing schools’ are taken on tours to sites that are likely to excite them, particularly university campuses.