DP1 Students visit BlueCrest College in Accra
“BlueCrest College is one of the front runners in Information and Communication Technology Education and Training with the core objective of addressing the ICT needs of Ghana and beyond. BlueCrest College is a proud affiliate of University of Education, Winneba.” BlueCrest College is accredited by Ghana’s National Accreditation Board, as a Private Tertiary Institution, located in Kokomemle, Accra. It is very popular among prospective applicants because of the diverse nature of programmes offered to students. https://bluecrest.edu.gh/programmes/
Major undergraduate courses offered at BlueCrest College fall within their three major Faculties namely Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Fashion and Design. Courses include the following: Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design, B. Sc. Information Technology, BBA Banking and Finance, BBA Human Resource Management, BBA Pocurement and Supply Chain Management, B.A. Mass Communication and Journalism among many others.
Our students toured the BlueCrest campus and had an interactive time with some of the lecturers from Business, Journalism and Fashion and Design. They even got the chance to host a live radio show in the radio studio of the Journalism department, for a few minutes- Etornam Attipoe was the host and she had Victor Owusu, Chelsea Bada and Frimpomaa Afranie-Adjei as her guests on the ‘mock show.’
This trip enlighted our DP1 students on some of the career paths and for some of them it threw more light on their career options and informed their final choices.
Reflections from trip to BlueCrest College
“My trip to Blue Crest was a nice one. Although my chosen course was Journalism, I learnt a lot about other courses as well, such as Fashion and Business. I ended up learning more than I anticipated, which I didn’t mind at the end of the day. The journalism course taught me about mass media, how to communicate to the mass and when to communicate to the mass. I was taught that there are many types of journalism and hence, many ways of communicating with the mass. One of my favourite types of journalism was photojournalism, due to the fact that it correlated with a couple of my personal interests. Photojournalism is different from other types of journalism because it uses images to present stories. As someone who likes photography and occasionally takes pictures for the school, this type of journalism obviously sparked my interest the most. In conclusion, my time at Blue Crest was well spent and informative.” ~Malaika Webb (Grade 11)
“This, is a place where I collected some ever green memories. I chose fashion designing course. I learnt a lot about designing. I saw people cutting an outline of an outfit which is the basic step for sewing and they explained what they were doing. There were two departments, one is for designing and one is for stitching, at last they showed us two outfits stitched by the students; it was so stylish. For the first time, I saw how a Media Room looks like. It was cool. My friends and I were interacting with each other with lots of comical questions. We had an interactive session about all the courses they offered in their university and they helped us to know why we had to make the most of our time in high school. It is a unique fieldtrip for me which I had a lot of fun and it helped me to know about BLUECREST University!!!!!!!!” ~ Jennifer Noronha (Grade 11)
Facts About Sign Language
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are 70 million people in the world who use sign language to communicate. It is the only medium through which the deaf people communicate their feeling and emotions. Every language has some interesting history. Sign language too has its own share of interesting facts. Here are some facts about Sign Language.
- Sign language varies from country to country. Most of the countries have their own sign language or share a certain sign language but, with a different dialect.
- Sign languages have their own definite grammar. For instance, a well-constructed question must be accompanied by the correct eyebrow position. When a person is asking questions related to who, where, what, why and when, then the eyebrows are kept down. If the question is regarding a yes/no situation, the eyebrows are kept up.
- Sign language does not only use signs to communicate. It uses facial expression, hand movement and position, gestures and body language to communicate.
- In the Ghanaian Sign Language (GSL) and American Sign Language (ASL), the alphabets can be demonstrated using one hand. However, in German and British Sign Languages, two hands are used.
- Direction of the palm can change the entire meaning of the sign.
- Two movement of the same hand form can have separate meanings.
- In GSL, all the signs pertaining to women (such as wife, daughter etc.) are signed near to the jawline. On the other hand, men related signs (such as father, boy etc.) are signed by the forehead. Below is an example.
References: Languages Unlimited Cooperation. (2019, May 14). Retrieved from Language Unlimited, LLC Website: https://www.languagesunlimited.com/10-facts-sign-languages/
Episode 8 of TIS Ghanaian Sign Language: https://youtu.be/36CiRajOgpE
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