It is often said that life is meaningful only when it impacts positively on the lives of others. Since life is a struggle, man needs to rise up again anytime he falls. Indeed, heroes and heroines emerge out of difficult situations to bring relief to society. Hence, holistic tertiary education should aim at providing enabling environment and equipping students with capabilities to offer solutions to challenges of life to better the lot of society. Catholic University College, a citadel of holistic education, shall continue to offer the best in theory and practice to prepare its students with basic but relevant skills and competencies to contribute significantly to finding solutions to challenges.
It is in the light of this that the campus team of the Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre, braced the challenge, overcame the odds this time and lifted the covetous trophy at the National Competition involving nineteen teams from both public and private tertiary institutions in Ghana at the just ended 2012 SIFE Competition held at the Conference Centre in Accra.
SIFE is an internationally non-profit organization with focus on creating platform for tertiary students to brainstorm with academia, entrepreneurs and industry professionals to innovate pragmatic ideas and methods, create relevant measures and solutions, and implement projects out of the least opportunities in the face of numerous challenges, to improve the lives of communities in and around campuses.
SIFE offers opportunity to tertiary students to develop team spirit, leadership qualities, communication capabilities, entrepreneurial skills and build self-confidence to engage in community outreach projects to support society in creating a more sustainable business environment to improve lives of the less privileged and vulnerable.
The SIFE of Catholic University College competed with teams from both private and public tertiary institutions in Ghana for the slot to represent Ghana at the world competition. The sterling qualities of our students; the fluency and precision in their delivery, was very stupendous as they presented the three projects developed and implemented to the jury. The projects include: Beyond deliverance, Small Enterprise Empowerment at Fiapre (SEE Fiapre) and Bread for Better Life. These won the hearts of the able judges from the group stages through the quarter final and the semi-final stages. The presentation skills and stunning performance of the CUCG team finally won them the very champions of the National SIFE competition, 2012.
Interestingly, the CUCG SIFE team, in their debut appearance last year, was kicked out in the first round of the competition. The recovering spirit of the team and their resolve to fight again and win gingered them to fine tuned to their projects and its implementation. Having done their homework well, they entered the competition this year and emerged winners. What an incredible feat!
The team again won the SIFE Spirit award of a Laptop and a certificate. Mrs. Vida Korang was adjudged and awarded the Best Faculty Advisor. The CUCG SIFE team, by this feat, represents Ghana and the Catholic University College at this year’s Prestigious SIFE World Cup competition in Washington DC in September 2012.
The team work, dedication, commitment and determination to excel in giving back to society has paid off well for the SIFE Team bringing honours to us. The Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Catholic University Community and the Bishops Conference thanked and praised the team for this honour done the University College. He was very excited and assured the team of the University’s assistance to enable them compete at the world’s event. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James Hawkins Ephraim, made the remarks when the team presented him with the elegant trophy after an astounding model presentation of what transpired at the actual competition.
In a related development, the SIFE Team, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ephraim presented the enviable cup to the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani who is also the Episcopal Chairman of the Catholic University College. It was received by the Vicar General, Msgr. George Kwame Kumi on behalf of the bishop who was away at the time of the visit. Msgr. Kumi praised the students and reminded them of the essence of true catholic education which is structured for a life time experience and not just passing examinations. He also assured the team of the Bishop’s little support to enable them participate in the global competition.