The Students Representative Council (SRC) of Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) instituted a special fund to assist students with disability. The AAMUSTED Special Needs Support Fund is expected to augment efforts by management of the university to support support Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) at AAMUSTED through providing financial support and entrepreneurship skills training, and support advocacy for the rights, freedoms, and the interests of PWDs at the University.
Speaking at the launch of the fund, President of AAMUSTED SRC Mr. Richard Opoku said the council would finance the AAMUSTED Special Needs Support Fund with an allocation of GH¢2 from SRC dues paid by each student and 30 percent of returns from the SRC Gym. Mr. Opoku also announced that the SRC would seek additional assistance from philanthropists to augment the council’s allocation to the Fund.
Mr. Opoku noted the SRC’s motivation to establish the fund sprang from a desire to provide a stream of continuous support to PWDs to forestall the likelihood of them being trapped in a cycle of poverty and dependence. He hoped that successive SRC administrations would work harder to improve the fund for the good of the PWDs.
Launching the fund, Acting Registrar of Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) Mr. Michael Kofi Adu described the SRC’s effort as noble, thoughtful and significant. Mr. Adu He assured the SRC of the university management’s full support and asked the council to put proper structures in place to guarantee the prudent running of the fund.
Mr. Adu said the university was committed to supporting an all-inclusive education and was committed to improving the physical infrastructure in the university to make them easily accessible to PWDs. He decried the discrimination faced by PWDs in society and appealed to the members of the University Community to endeavor to live with students with disabilities in a manner that engenders a sense of belonging in them. He said research had proven that maintaining a close social distance with PWDs enhanced the development of a favourable attitude toward physically challenged students.
Dr. Philip Oti-Agyen, Vice Dean of Student Affairs at the Kumasi Campus of AAMUSTED, observed that society owed it a duty to reach out to the PWDs and support them in all their endeavours, and therefore, praised the SRC for the setting up the fund. Dr. Oti-Agyen was happy that the current SRC leadership had avoided spending so much on entertainment-related activities and concentrated resources on things that held long lasting value to the university and students.