The Dean of the Faculty of Vocational Education (FVE) of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), Dr. Gilbert Owiah Sampson, has challenged students of the faculty to channel their research into producing artifacts that address societal needs rather than the traditional research works that often end up on shelves.
As vocational education students, he said, products of the faculty should be able to set up their businesses after graduation, and good research could be a good starting point.
Dr. Sampson said these when a Master of Philosophy student at the Department of Fashion Design and Textiles Education (DFDTE) under the Faculty, Mrs. Sheila Esi Sedor Lawrence, donated some fashion tools to the department on May 5, 2022.
He asked the students to count themselves lucky to be in AAMUSTED, the bastion of entrepreneurial development training, and take their studies seriously to make a difference in life after their university education.
“Even if you are employed to teach after graduation, you should be able to set up a business and run it effectively alongside the formal employment so the younger ones can learn from you,” he advised them.
He commended Mrs. Lawrence highly for her benevolence, asking all students and alumni of the faculty and the University to emulate the gesture. He said the contributions of students and alumni are necessary to shore up what the University Management and the government can garner for the growth of the institution.
The donated tools, produced locally by her Accra-based company, SEDS Garments, and Accessories, comprised a sleeve Board, Tailor’s Ham, Contoured Ham, Seam Roll, Presser Cotton Mits, Breast Cap Balls, and Tailor’s Clapper.
The benefactor was happy to be able to extend a hand to the department. She assured the department that she would be bringing more of the tools in the coming weeks to augment teaching and learning aids that management had already provided in the fashion laboratories of the University.
The Head of DFDTE, Dr. Daniel Danso, thanked Mrs. Lawrence for the donation and hinted that the department and benefactor’s company have a long standing relationship. He said the gesture would further strengthen the bond of friendship between them.
Also present were some lecturers, technicians, and students of the DFDTE and the Faculty Officer for Vocational Education, Mrs. Dorcas Kyereme.