A public lecture on transformational leadership has been organised at the University of Cape Coast, to educate participants on the relevance of emotional intelligence and community service.
Dr Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey, an Administrative Specialist of Curriculum Design and Adult Catechesis at the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives of the University of Dayton, stressed on the need for stakeholders in the education sector to include the two subjects in the educational curriculum.
She explains that it is necessary to teach students and teachers to identify and manage their own emotions and that of others, so as to deal with social problems such as the increasing cases of depression and suicidal thoughts among students.
“There is the need to go back to the drawing board if we want to control the emerging problems facing the youth, such as drug abuse and suicide,” Dr Mensah-Aggrey stated.
According to her, emotional intelligence would equip students with skills to identify emotional problems and use them to address issues and stimulate their thinking ability to solve problems, manage their emotions and that of others.
Dr Mensah-Aggrey therefore called on teachers to live a life worthy of emulation for students and that it is the responsibility of the teacher to create positive change that will transform the lives of students.
Dr Mensah-Aggrey urged the youth to reflect on what prevailed in their environment and how they could use them to the benefit of the society, adding that: “Everything in the western world is not perfect. We as Ghanaians have rich traditions that we must instil in the upcoming generation by educating them to embrace our traditions.”