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‘Help students identify, manage emotional problems’

BY: Timothy Gobah & Deborah Oluwamuyiway
Dr Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey
Dr Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey

A public lecture on transformational leadership has been organised at the University of Cape Coast, to enlighten participants on the relevance of emotional intelligence and community service.

Delivering the lecture, an Administrative Specialist of Curriculum Design and Adult Catechesis at the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives of the University of Dayton, Dr Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey, underscored the need for stakeholders in the education sector to include the two subjects in the educational curriculum.

That, she said, was necessary to teach students and teachers to identify and manage their own emotions and that of others, so as to deal with social problems such as the increasing cases of depression and suicidal thoughts among students.

Emerging problems

“There is the need to go back to the drawing board if we want to control the emerging problems facing the youth, such as drug abuse and suicide,” Dr Mensah-Aggrey stated.

She said emotional intelligence would equip students with skills to identify emotional problems and use them to address challenges such as thinking and problem solving with the ability to manage emotions, including cheering up or calming other people down.


Dr Mensah-Aggrey called on teachers to serve as role models to their students, saying they were obligated to improve the quality of life of their students.

Responsibility

The administrative specialist said as a leader, it was the teacher’s responsibility to create positive change in their students while transforming their lives for the better.

Dr Mensah-Aggrey urged the youth to reflect on what prevailed in their environment and how they could use them to the benefit of the society, adding that: “Everything in the western world is not perfect.

We as Ghanaians have rich traditions that we must instil in the upcoming generation by educating them to embrace our traditions.