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Revolutionising Student Unionism: Embracing Strategic Innovation For Support, Recognition

By Cynthia Maduekwe

In a groundbreaking move towards enhancing the efficacy of student unionism, a paradigm shift from traditional consultation and award-giving processes to a strategic, innovative, and creative approach.

Reasons for Change

1. Dynamic Engagement: Recognising the need for dynamic and real-time engagement, the shift aims to foster more meaningful connections between student leaders and great mentors. Strategic methods enable ongoing dialogue, ensuring the student union remains responsive to evolving needs.

2. Innovation Empowers: By embracing innovative means, empowers student leaders to explore and implement creative solutions to campus challenges. This fosters an environment where original ideas thrive, leading to a more vibrant and forward-thinking student community.

3. Merit-Based Recognition: The new approach places a strong emphasis on merit-based recognition. Instead of traditional awards, a multifaceted recognition system will highlight achievements, initiatives, and contributions, ensuring that deserving individuals are acknowledged for their unique contributions to the student community.

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Means of Implementation

1. Strategic Workshops: Regular strategic workshops will be conducted, bringing together student leaders and accomplished mentors. These sessions will focus on skill development, leadership strategies, and innovative problem-solving, fostering an environment of continuous learning.

2. Innovation Challenges: introduce innovation challenges that encourage students to propose and implement creative solutions to campus issues. These challenges will serve as a platform for recognising and celebrating inventive thinking and problem-solving.

3. Interactive Platforms: Online platforms and forums will be established to facilitate continuous communication and collaboration among student leaders and mentors. This ensures a seamless exchange of ideas, feedback, and support.

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