The National Students Awards, is an annual celebration of the excellent work Students, Associations, Corporate Institutions and individuals across the country have done.
It is organized by The Network of Scholars in Africa (NSA) – Ghana, a body incorporate, registered on 30th January, 2015 with the Registrar Generals Department of Ghana under the Companies Act 1963 (ACT 179).
There are Four main operational lines currently in use by NSA as a continental entity, which includes but not limited to:
⦁ The National Students Awards www.nsaghana.org
⦁ A Social media platform www.cliqafriq.com
⦁ A digital voting platform www.cliqvote.com
⦁ The African Students Awards www.afsa.africa
This handbook focus on The National Students Awards – Ghana
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aims and objectives of this awards includes but not limited to
⦁ Serve as a motivation to corporate organizations investing hugely in education in Ghana to continue the good services they are offering.
⦁ Serve as a means to generate revenue in support of Brilliant but needy students.
⦁ Encourage workers not only teachers in our educational institutions to know that their efforts are also appreciated by we the students they serve
⦁ Honor foreign Nationals and diplomats who once schooled in Ghana and are making a good use of the education they acquired in Ghana.
⦁ Motivate and give guidance to students studying both home and abroad to make an informed decision.
⦁ Bring to the notice of parents and students the wonderful efforts people are making to keep Ghana educated.
⦁ Show to the world the need for Unity and Togetherness as we show what our united efforts as national student leaders can do to accelerate National Development
⦁ Recognize and honor students with special talents and abilities.
⦁ To recognize and award former student leaders who distinguished themselves in serving Ghanaian students.
NSA is currently the highest and biggest award scheme on the students and educational front in the country and has in the past years awarded deserving and prominent corporate and private individuals, Governments institutions, students, and student leaders among others.
The National Students’ Awards (NSA) has in the past years been awarding every school going child from the basic school through to the highest level one can attain in education, recognizing the interest and efforts of everyone to educational development.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task, however being recognized motivates.
Once a year, we celebrate the hard work and progress of students and other deserving bodies who have made positive impacts on students’ lives.
This award is organized annually to celebrate the hard and excellent work Students, Associations, Individuals, Corporate Institutions and staff do across Ghana. This serves as an opportunity to applaud the unsung heroes from the movement, whilst reflecting on the standout stories and achievements of the past year, this is done through nominations.
The aim of the game isn’t to work out who is the best and the awards are most definitely not a competition.
There are opportunities to share best practices, showcase outstanding results and recognize the impacts and what they do to make difference to students in their everyday lives.
The 2021 National Students Awards is scheduled to take place in Kumasi with over Two thousand (2,000) anticipated people in attendance and scheduled to be held in December, 2021.
NSA is a diverse group of members spanning a broad range of Students related occupations, such as:
⦁ The All African Students Union (AASU)
⦁ The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS)
⦁ The Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS)
⦁ The Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG)
⦁ The University Students Association of Ghana (USAG)
⦁ The Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS)
⦁ The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG)
⦁ The National Health Students Association of Ghana (NAHSAG)
⦁ The Regional Students Representative Council (RSRC)
⦁ Ghana Nurse Midwives Trainees Association (GMTA)
⦁ The Foreign Students Association of Ghana (FSAG)
⦁ Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG)
⦁ National Association of Nigerian Students, Ghana
⦁ Liberian Students Association of Ghana
NSA is the only award scheme in Ghana which covers all levels of education in Ghana and it honors to include foreign students in Ghana, and Ghanaian Students Abroad.
In addition to honoring students, the scheme has honored mentors like His Excellency Former President John Agyekum Kuffuor, His Excellency Former President Jerry John Rawlings, The King of Morocco, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, the Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Prof. Adei Mensah, the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, the Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana (Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu) Prof. Mrs Esi Awuah (Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources), Prof. Joshua Alabi (of the University of Professional Studies, Accra), Ms. Dorothy Gordon (of the Kofi Annan ICT Training Center), Mr Yaw Ampofo Ankrah the ace Journalist and President of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association, His Excellency Awaah Fred (Former Secretary General of the All African Students Union) and His Excellency Peter Kwasi Kodjie (Secretary General of the All African Students Union).
Additionally, the scheme has awarded reputable organizations like The Ghana Police Service, The Ghana Health Service, The Ghana Prisons Service, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, The D.V.L.A. and Occupy Ghana among others.
Below is a snapshot of some of the winners for the first National Students’ Awards under the Student Hall of Fame category.
The vision of this award is to create a trustworthy award scheme that honors exceptional students in different areas of endeavor, and to appreciate individuals and companies who are helping the progress of education in Ghana.
With a touch of professionalism and using modern technology as a tool, this awards is to honor individuals and organizations, both local and abroad making a meaningful impact in our country’s education and use this awards as a reward scheme to motivate awardees as well as future prospective awardees to continue serving the country’s education with passion.
Every year, the NSA Board considers the agenda of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service as well as the desires of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Authority to come up with a relevant theme that resonates education in Ghana.
CORE VALUES: Honor, Integrity, and Commitment to Excellence
SLOGAN: “NSA Ghana: Awarding the Deserved.”
A. STUDENT HALL OF FAME
⦁ Student Personality of the year
⦁ Student President of the Year
⦁ Women Commissioner
⦁ Secretary of the year
⦁ Treasurer /Financial Secretary/Financial Controller of the year
⦁ PRO of the Year
⦁ Student Journalist of the Year
⦁ Student Entrepreneur of the Year
⦁ Sports Personality of the year
⦁ High School Personality of the year
⦁ Basic School Personality of the year
⦁ Rising Star in Showbiz
⦁ Hall of the year
⦁ National Student Association of the year
⦁ Student Blogger of the year
⦁ Campus Group of the year
⦁ Campus Media Hub of the year
⦁ Student Author of the year
⦁ Photographer of the Year
⦁ Fashion Designer of the Year
⦁ Speaker of the Year
⦁ Chief Justice of the Year
⦁ Over all Student Leader of the Year
⦁ Student Nurse of the Year
⦁ Beauty Queen of the Year
B. CORPORATE PLATINUM AWARDS
- Student Bank of the Year
- Student Telco of the Year
- Students Parastatal of the Year
- Diplomatic Mission of the Year C. HONOURARY AWARDS FOR MENTORS AND EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMICIANS
- Dean of the year
- Lecturer of the Year
- Teacher of the Year
- Head of Institution of the Year (Pre Tertiary)
- Most outstanding MP (in supporting education)
- Traditional Ruler of the Year (in supporting education)
- Most Outstanding MCE/DCE (in supporting education)
- Head of University of the year
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY FOR NOMINEES
A nominee for the Student Hall of Fame must among other things be
⦁ A student in an accredited institution and should be ready and able to present their proof of studentship during the 2020/2021 academic year.
⦁ Must be a person who can be used as a role model for others.
⦁ Must be performing creditably well in class and ready to show proof of performance.
⦁ A nominee must be either a Ghanaian student schooling in Ghana or abroad, or a foreigner schooling in Ghana.
⦁ Nominees for the corporate platinum awards and the honorary awards should have contributed to educational development in an exceptional way, in the year under consideration.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STUDENT HALL OF FAME CATEGORY
⦁ Student Personality of the year
The student personality of the year should be a student who possesses the under listed qualities
a. Be a mentor to other students with evidential proofs.
b. An advocate for students and activist for quality, accessible and affordable education Ghana
c. Be exceptionally successful in any area of endeavor which the person is involved in
d. Must be academically good.
e. Should have provided exemplary leadership both at school and at home and possibly at work if the person is employed or has been engaged in some vacation employment or attachment opportunities.
f. Notwithstanding the point supra, the person should not necessarily be an executive officer of the Student Representative Council (SRC) or any club, hall, or association on campus.
⦁ Student President of the year
A nominee for this category should have been a president or vice president either at the national level or institutional level such as:
a. SRC President
b. NUGS President
⦁ GRASAG President
⦁ GNUPS Rep
Among other things, the council shall consider:
⦁ The steps being taken to fulfil the nominees constitutional mandate
⦁ If the person is at the local level, contribution to the national level which has impacted other students from other schools shall be considered
⦁ Verifiable evidence of achievements during the nominee’s tenure of office
iv. Testimony of students selected at random
⦁ Testimony of other student leaders at the institutional level
⦁ Testimony of other student leaders at the national level
Nominees for this category should be women commissioners of substance with tangible accomplishments which has undoubtedly affected others positively, or women commissioners of a vibrant campus student group, the SRC, or National student organization and should have performed creditably well in the provision of her duties as women commissioner first as per the constitution and then by the testimony of others.
4.Secretary of the year
Nominees for this category are supposed to be secretaries or vice secretaries of a vibrant campus student group, the SRC, or National student organization and should have performed creditably well in the provision of his/her secretarial duties first as per the constitution and then by the testimony of others.
5.Treasurer /Financial Secretary/Financial Controller of the year
Nominees for this category are supposed to be occupants of the office as stated above or its equivalent; of a vibrant campus student group, the SRC, or National student organization and should have performed creditably well in the provision of his/her duties first as per the constitution of the nominee’s institution(s) and then by the testimony of others.
- PRO of the Year
Nominees for this category and the eventual winner should be the PRO of either a campus group, SRC, or a national student association. The person(s) should have significant accomplishments especially with regards to the discharge of his or her duties as PRO with due care and skill. And should have worked in harmony with other executive officers as well as showing respect to authority and colleague students.
7.Student Journalist of the Year
Nominees for this category should be a student who is engaged in media activities with a TV Station,
Radio Station, a Newspaper, or an online news portal (including newscasters, News Editors, etc.) and
should have performed his/her duties creditably well.
8.Student Entrepreneur of the Year
Nominees for this category must be a student of a recognized educational institution in Ghana.
Should be successful in entrepreneurship and must have at least used the proceeds to support his/her own personal education, and as well as support at least another student’s education.
This category has been expanded to include students who engaged in software development and other I.T. developments, inventors and students are engage in profitable agricultural ventures.
- Sports Personality of the Year
A nominee in this category should be a male or female sportsman or woman who has been exceptionally successful during the 2019/2020 academic year in sports. The success rate must be verifiable with evidential proofs, and the person must have shown the needed respect to his/her coach and team captain if any.
- High School Personality of the Year
Nominees for this category should be High School students, who are, or were students in High School during the 2019/2020 academic year, and excellent in providing leadership or successful in any area of endeavor so far as school and education is concerned. Nominees for this category need not necessarily be prefects, chaplains, or final year students. However, they must be performing creditably well in academics, should have respect for his or her teachers and school authorities, and should have done something significant that merits the honor of an award. Students who are members of the SRC, Quiz Team, Red Cross, Debate Club, Drama Club, Cadet, or any other organization that has the interest of the well-being of other students at heart- have an added advantage.
- Basic School Personality of the Year
Nominees for this category should be Basic School students (from nursery to J), who are excellent in providing leadership or successful in any area of endeavor- so far as school and education is concerned.
Nominees for this category need not necessarily be prefects. However, they must be performing creditably well in academics, should show respect for his or her teachers and school authorities, and should have done something significant that merits the honor of an award.
Students who are members of the Quiz Team, Red Cross, Debate Club, Drama Club, Cadet, or any other organization that has the interest of the well-being of other students at heart- have an added advantage.
- Rising Star Award
This award is for players in the acting, music, art and entertainment industry to include artist,
musicians, poets, Comedians, and other appreciable talents especially pertaining to the art and entertainment industry. The person must have evidential proof of what exactly he/she is doing, and how exceptional it is from that of others.
- Hall of the year
A Hall to be nominated as the Student Hall of the year should be one that has:
⦁ Quality accommodation facilities for students.
⦁ Neat washrooms if they are not self-contained in the rooms.
⦁ must have policies and programs that in the eyes of hall mates and other students considered helpful in facilitative academic, social and moral excellence.
⦁ Must have an active and vibrant JCR interested in fighting the common good of students in general and hall mates in particular with evidential proofs.
⦁ That members of the Hall do not collectively trample upon the rights and freedoms of other students unjustifiably
- National Student Association of the year
This award is for a national student organization that made the greatest positive impact towards bettering the lots of their constituents or members. In this regards, council will consider to include
⦁ The availability and accessibility of the executive officers to its members
⦁ How quick executive officers respond to the needs, demands, and wants of its members.
⦁ The level of activism made by the organization especially for the good of its members and or the youth, education and Ghana as a whole.
⦁ The decorous nature of the internal meetings of the organization. Meetings such as congresses, Central Committee meetings, Senate meetings, National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings, National Executive Officers (NEO) meetings, Association of Past Executives (APEC) meetings, games, excursions, among other relevant gatherings.
- Student Blogger of the year
The student blogger of the year should among other things be a blogger, and must dedicate a greater part of his or her blog and articles to education in Ghana, Africa and the world at large. A Blogger who blogs about social issues, lifestyle, entertainment, climate change, economy and or other areas may be considered only to the extent to which the content is influencing education positively.
- Campus Group of the year
Nominees for campus group of the year should be a campus group operating on campus whose activities impact positively on students and possibly on other local communities with evidential proofs. The group must be legally recognized by the school and should furnish the NSA Ghana with a documentary proof of their legal recognition on campus.
- Campus Radio Station of the year.
This award is dedicated for a campus Radio station which is significantly helping education by:
⦁ Bringing management closer to students, to communicate management decisions in a timely and appropriate manner to students.
⦁ To provide a voice for students to be heard.
⦁ Provide room for national student associations to interact with students.
⦁ Organize appropriate events for students.
⦁ Participate in student elections in an unbiased manner.
⦁ Inform, educate and entertain students.
- Student Author of the year
Nominees for this category must be students who have published a book either selling online or hard copies with evidential proof of sales and the content of the book should be considered socially appropriate for the consumption of students or academicians. Also, this book should have been published during the 2019/2020 academic year.
A book that will be considered for this category should have at least an ISBN and or ISSN trade mark.
- Photographer of the Year
Nominees for this category should be into photography or videography and among other things the council shall look at the quality of the work that the person does, and
- Fashion Designer of the Year
Nominees for this category should be exceptional fashion designers who have evidential proofs of their line of fashion. Among other things the Council will consider
⦁ The quality of outfits
⦁ The environment under which the business is conducted
⦁ The number of persons employed by the designer
⦁ How the designer treats his/her employees or co-workers
⦁ The revenue streams of the nominee
⦁ How the revenue is used and who else is benefiting from the resources of the nominee
⦁ The number of exhibition shows that the nominee has participated in
- Speaker of the Year
Nominees for this category should be Speaker of the Student Representative Council or the Speaker of Campus parliament or both (under certain circumstances).
Among other things the Council shall consider how the nominee chairs meetings, how he or she is able to ensure decorum in the House and the level of mutual respect between the Speaker and his/her house. Also, the nominee should be versed in parliamentary democracy at the national level and also knowledgeable in current affairs.
- Chief Justice of the year
Nominees for this category should be a chief justice of a local SRC or a national student organization. The person should have adjudicated justice in a timely and unbiased manner and should have evidential proofs to that effect. In the event where the nominee has been involved in arbitration, he/she should be able to convince the Council of how his/her input significantly helped in the mediation process.
Nominees for this category should be well versed with the various constitutions which he/she operate with and must be able to recommend changes or amendments where the need be.
Additionally, nominees for this category should be team players who have been able to manage an excellent relationship with the other justices he/she served or is serving with.
- Over all Student Leader of the Year.
Nominees for this category should be student leaders who may or may not fall under any of the student leadership categories mentioned above. The person should however exhibit with evidence, exceptional leadership capabilities.
- Student Nurse of the Year
Nominees for this category should have brought their knowledge to fruition in a way and manner that addresses a social challenge.
25.Beauty Queen of the Year
Nominees for this category should have won a beauty pageant or should be a runner up in a recognized beauty pageant. Furtherance to that, the nominee should have used her influence to help address a societal challenge. For this category, the nominee need not have won the pageantry in the year under review, but at least, should have impacted society significantly in the year under review.
NOMINATION AND VOTING PROCESS
⦁ A student seeking to nominate a person or body of persons shall do so by visiting our website www.nsaghana.org to fill and submit the nomination forms.
⦁ The List of Nominees shall be shortlisted by the NSA Planning Team.
⦁ The NSA Council “may call” on all nominees for interviews to obtain additional information and seek clarification where necessary to determine whether a nominee is qualified or not based on the criteria spelt out in this handbook.
⦁ Voting will be done using our e-voting platform www.cliqvote.com on which 100% of the total marks to be scored.