By Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA
Accra, Oct. 31, GNA - Webster University Ghana has as part of celebrating 22 years of Webster works worldwide cleaned and painted the new horizon school in Accra on the Webster community service day.
Webster works worldwide which is an annual programme for all Webster Universities worldwide is a community service day, which brings students, faculty, staff and alumni to work in teams on projects including tutoring, painting, gardening, working with children or seniors, park and trail restoration, and fine arts projects.
Webster works in its third year in Ghana visited the New Horizon Special School to clean and paint in and around the classrooms, compound and playgrounds.
Christa E. Sanders, Campus Director, Webster Ghana in an interview with GNA noted the importance of New Horizon Special School in the community, thus, the idea to visit the school on the Webster works worldwide service day.
“We all know New Horizon Special School is an important school in the community which serves children with special needs.
“We know in our society these children have been viewed as cursed and dejected from the society but they also have rights and we are here to support these children and to do a community engagement project.
“Webster University is all about community engagement…we started Webster works worldwide 22 years ago and today we are celebrating across the world Webster works.”
Sander who led in the community service works advanced that New Horizon presented a need to Webster Ghana to improve their facility.
“We were asked to come in and provide paint, sandpaper and various tools to improve the classrooms, library and other parts of the school.
“Our team today consist of students, faculty and staff…we have come together sporting our beautiful Webster works day T-shirts being wore all over the world today” she added.
The Student Affairs Coordinator, Webster University Ghana, Adelina Martey said the programme was part of giving back to the community.
“We have Webster University students and staff here giving back to the community through our efforts.
“Today we are painting and cleaning around the New Horizon Special School to bring some smiles to the faces of the wonderful people here.
Adelina noted that Webster was looking for a school that has had an impact on the community and New Horizon was the perfect school.
“New Horizon has been around since 1972…it is one of the flagship special schools in Ghana and it beat the odds.
“The school has gone through so much and for them to be still active and rendering such a wonderful service to the community teaching some vocational skills…we thought it was the place to start,” she said.
Adelina who talked about three years of Webster works in Ghana and the way forward said: “We have given back to some schools in Chorkor and done some paintings works with some basic NGO’s and hoping to reach out more to other bodies.
“We are trying to establish a volunteer partnership with New Horizon Schools…so we don’t only come paint and go but have some of our students come here and volunteer services, to portray our spirit of volunteerism.”
As part of Webster Ghana expansion programme, the Ghana campus had moved to a new location in East Legon behind media pharmacy.
The school has also added a BSc in Computer Science programme to its undergraduate offerings in Management, Media Communications, International Relations, and graduate programmes in International Relations and Business Administration.