An alumnus of the Garden City University College (GCUC) located at Kenyasi Abirem in the Kwabre East District, Joshua Twum Barimah, has donated a four-bedroom kiddie centre to his alma mater.
The centre is to provide a safe and serene environment for nursing mothers attending the university to keep their children while they attend lectures.
It is also to enable nursing mothers to continue their studies after delivery without any interruption in their academic pursuits.
Presenting the building to GCUC during its 14th graduation ceremony, Mr Barimah, who graduated from the university in 2014, said, “During my four-year academic training at GCUC, I identified a challenge that required a solution for the benefit of both students and the university college.”
The challenge, according to him, was student-nursing mothers who breastfed their babies openly and the fact that“ some took their kids to the classroom during lectures, a situation which made lectures uncomfortable for colleague students and the lecturers”.
“Upon further enquiry, I realised most mothers were unable to pursue their academic dreams after delivery until their babies attained a certain age. Some could not afford to hire caretakers to attend to their kids while they went to school,” he said.
As part of the efforts to address the challenge, “I decided to construct a facility that will accommodate children on campus while their mothers attend lectures or pursue their academic dreams. While addressing a major problem for student-mothers, I saw this as an opportunity for the university college to increase student enrolment.”
In all, a total of 1,626 graduates of the college made up of 362 males and 1,264 females were awarded degrees and diplomas in various disciplines.
The graduates included the first batch of students enrolled by the Centre for Open, Distance and e-Learning (CODeL) set up two years ago at the study centres during the COVID-19 period.
The acting President of the college, Prof. Nana K. Owusu Kwarteng, commended the graduands for their tenacity and focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We offer you a special congratulation on your success. You are brand ambassadors of team GCUC. You have been equipped with the basic tools for lifelong achievement, depending on how you leverage the knowledge and skills imparted and imbibed to attain stated goals and targets,” he said.
Prof. Kwarteng advised the graduands to be ethical in their professional and private lives as “a dent affects not only you but certainly will impact the GCUC brand”.
“Your ‘new world of work’ waits to embrace and share in your vision of being innovators and change agents. GCUC is eagerly waiting for the day you will turn to your alma mater and become a partner and benefactor to the soon-to-be-launched GCUC Endowment Trust Fund,” he said.