The University for Development Studies (UDS) has deployed 8,746 students to rural communities as part of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).
This initiative aims to provide these students with firsthand exposure to the challenges faced by these communities and enable them to propose appropriate solutions.
Among the students sent to various communities nationwide, 59 percent are from the level 100 cohort, while 41 percent belong to the level 200 group.
Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, emphasized that TTFPP is a compulsory course for all students and is specifically designed to support the government’s efforts to alleviate poverty in rural areas.
Over the past 29 years, TTFPP has made a significant impact on the development of these communities. It has contributed to projects such as the construction of new school buildings, the establishment of hospitals, and the overall improvement of the livelihoods of the local residents. Moreover, it has led to an enhancement in the welfare of people living in rural communities across the country.
Professor Felix Kofi Abagale, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UDS, urged students to alter their perceptions of rural areas and collaborate closely with community members.
This collaborative approach is essential to producing valuable research outcomes that can contribute to the development of these communities.