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Department of Accounting Launches Volunteerism Project

Department of Accounting Launches Volunteerism Project
Mar 15, 2018

In line with the University of Ghana Business School's vision of becoming a world-class Business School, developing global leaders, the Department of Accounting on Friday, 23rd February 2018, launched the Accounting Department Volunteerism Project at the R. S. Amegashie Auditorium. The project is aimed at imbibing the spirit of volunteerism into students and broadening their perspectives by affording them the opportunity to get hands-on experience through volunteerism.

Delivering the purpose of gathering, the Head of Department of Accounting, Dr. Samuel Nana Yaw Simpson observed that the spirit of volunteerism is not common among students. He attributed the menace to a number of reasons namely, ignorance about the impact and benefits of volunteering; fear of venturing into unfamiliar volunteer activities, and lack of systems to promote volunteerism, among others. He indicated that there is an urgent need to address the issue, and for which reason, the Volunteerism Project is being introduced by the Department under one of its Progress Pillars being coordinated by Dr. Francis Aboagye-Otchere, Mrs. Rita Bekoe (in the above picture) and Dr. Cletus Agyenim-Boateng. He explained that revival and change begin with one individual, hence encouraged the students to take the initiative to be different. He further iterated that volunteerism is beneficial not only to the students but to the School and University as a whole as it markets the UG and UGBS brands. According to him, in addition to building a strong CV, the act of volunteerism helps students to become entrepreneurial and holistic citizens.

There was a presentation on Volunteerism by Mr. Ato Ulzen-Appiah, a social entrepreneur who doubles as the director of GhanaThink Foundation. He said his organisation's major mission is to bring together young people from different backgrounds to exchange ideas and volunteer for many different projects across the country. He also said that one of the flagship initiatives of his foundation is the Ghana Volunteer Programme under which volunteers are matched with volunteering opportunities.

Touching on the importance of volunteerism, Mr. Ulzen-Appiah identified gaining of various kinds of experiences as the most important advantage. Again, he expounded that through volunteerism, students build skills that are needed to make them great fits for corporate businesses and other organisations.  He highlighted other advantages, saying, "Not only do you get to work and interact with people of diverse backgrounds but you also get to learn how to tolerate and accept other cultures." He said volunteerism sends positive signals to employers about potential employees. He concluded his presentation by stressing that volunteerism serves as a platform for students to make mistakes and learn from them.

There was a question and answer segment where students' concerns and enquiries about volunteerism were addressed. Finally, Dr. Simpson declared the project duly launched and added that as part of the activities earmarked for the upcoming Accounting Students' Association week, there will be some volunteering outreaches.

 

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