”Politics has always had the power to do good, but when evil men decide to use it to advance causes that are not profitable for the people they claim they represent, then that is where the trouble arises from. Politics, if done right can serve us the needed panacea to our woes.”- Moses Desire Kouyo
As the next generation of leaders, it is crucial for students to have a say in the policies and programs that shape their education and overall student experience. Student politics within the tertiary school space in Ghana, and particularly at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, provides a platform for students to do just that. It allows students to have a voice in the decision-making process, develop leadership skills, and advocate for their fellow students. But the importance of student politics extends beyond just the individual student – it plays a crucial role in the overall development of the school community and prepares students for success in their future careers. In this article, I will delve into the importance of student politics within the tertiary school space in Ghana and the valuable role it plays in shaping the direction and development of the school community.
In times past as a result of the indiscretions and ineptitude of some student politicians we sometimes downplay the importance of engaging in political activities, but let’s take a look at the benefits we can derive from this system of ideas.
One of the main purposes of student politics is to give students a say in the policies, programs, and initiatives that affect their education and overall student experience. At the tertiary level, students are often seen as passive recipients of education rather than active participants in shaping their own learning environments. Student politics provides a platform for students to have a voice in these matters and to advocate for the changes they would like to see at their school.
In addition to giving students a voice in the decision-making process, student politics also serves as a valuable opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and gain practical experience in organizing and advocating for their fellow students. It allows students to learn how to work collaboratively and negotiate with different stakeholders, including school administrators, faculty, and other student organizations. These skills are crucial for success in any career and participating in student politics can give students a competitive edge in the job market.
Not only do students benefit from participating in student politics, but it also plays a crucial role in the overall development of the school community. It allows for diverse perspectives and ideas to be heard and considered, which can lead to more inclusive and effective policies and programs. It also helps to foster a sense of community and belonging among students, which can lead to increased engagement and academic success.
It is important to note that student politics is not without its challenges. There have been instances of power struggles, conflicts of interest, and even instances of violence on some university campuses. However, these challenges can be mitigated through proper governance structures, clear communication, and the promotion of inclusivity and tolerance.
In conclusion, the importance of student politics within the tertiary school space in Ghana, and particularly at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, cannot be overemphasized. It serves as a platform for students to have a voice in the decision-making processes of their school, develop leadership skills, and advocate for their fellow students. It also plays a crucial role in the overall development of the school community by promoting diverse perspectives and fostering a sense of community and belonging. Despite the challenges that may arise, the benefits of student politics far outweigh any potential drawbacks and it should be encouraged and supported by all stakeholders in the tertiary education system.
By: Moses Desire Kouyo| Metro TV| Accra