Tertiary students across Ghana are keenly competing against each other to win the 2017 edition of the Community Service Award scheme (CSA). The winning team will receive GH¢ 10,000 to implement their project.
The CSA which is the biggest platform promoting volunteerism, patriotism and community service among tertiary students in Ghana has been running since 2014. The scheme is endorsed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Education, the National Youth Authority, the Head of State Awards Scheme and the Association of Ghana Industries.
The Community Service Award was initiated in 2014 by the Osei-Kusi Foundation and Selfless 4Africa Inc. and is aimed at cultivating a spirit of volunteerism and community service among young people. The scheme also seeks to encourage the youth to be selfless, innovative and commit themselves to supporting people living in deprived communities.
For the first edition held in 2014, a student group from the Catholic University College in Sunyani emerged as winners and received GH¢ 9,000 to setup a bakery for unemployed young women at Nanketewa in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The second edition of the CSA in 2015, saw a group of students from the University of Ghana winning and with their award of GH¢ 10,000 they renovated the Occupational Therapy Unit of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and also trained cured mental patients in bead making.
The 2016 Award was won by a student team from the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho. Their project is provide the people of Duta, a deprived community in the Volta region with portable drinking water.
Opening of Applications for 2017 Award
Applications are now open to students from all tertiary institutions across the country. Students are to form team(s) of 3 to 5 people, identify a deprived community in Ghana, and present a brief proposal on what they can do to improve the wellbeing and livelihood of the youth in that community. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017
All applicants will benefit from an entrepreneurship seminar which will cover areas such as leadership, social entrepreneurship, presentation skills, financial management and fundraising techniques.
Shortlisted teams will have the opportunity to make a 5-miniute presentation at the grand finals / award ceremony to be held in Accra on 23 June, 2017. With the help of a panel of distinguished judges, a winner would be chosen to receive
GH¢ 10,000 (GH¢ 7,000 to implement the community project and GH¢ 3,000 for participants of the winning team).
Students can now apply by downloading and completing application forms here.
The Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF) is an award-winning foundation that is helping to transform the lives of young people by providing them with tools, resources and training they need to make a global impact. The vision of OKF is to become Africa’s foremost youth-focused foundation that helps millions of young people to discover their purpose and maximise their potentials. It has for the past 5 years contributed significantly in tackling the developmental deficit facing our youth. Over 1,000,000 lives have been touched so far through various interventions including coaching and mentoring, scholarship scheme, leadership and wealth creation seminars, prison support services, rural outreaches and many others.
Selfless4Africa (S4A) is a non-profit organisation based in the USA. It was formed with the goal of challenging people in Africa and elsewhere to perform acts of selflessness in their communities which builds up a domino effect of selflessness that changes the status quo of poverty, ignorance and corruption around the world.