Learning institutions play pivotal roles in setting attainable thresholds in shaping the future of our society. This understandably informs the reason why community outreach is a major performance indicator for the Kwara State University (KWASU)’s students and academics.
Here at KWASU, we are interested in understanding the plights and aspirations of communities so as to address them under a participatory atmosphere. We believe that community–university engagement should become increasingly central to academia and we are determined to champion the course. To achieve a sustainable university-community engagement, KWASU, in 2010, established the KWASU Centre for Community Development (CCD).
CCD continually leverages on the invaluable knowledge and expertise of our diverse academic staff and staff of the CCD. We have consequently been involved in fruitful collaborations with various communities in and around Kwara state through the support of the University Management.
The concept of ‘community’ to us is not limited to the precinct of our host communities (Malete and environs). Rather, the entire globe. Due to limitations in resources and other constricting factors, however, the spatial scope of our outreach is currently limited to communities within the sixteen local government areas of Kwara state.
In an attempt to achieve the aims of the founding fathers of KWASU and in line with the global trend, CCD ensures KWASU carries out its community engagement and service learning in the following three major ways:
1. Facilitating harmonious town and gown relationship through constant interactions with different communities.
2. Preparing and engaging students for the altruistic spirit of volunteerism so to become change agents and contribute to national development wherever they find themselves.
3. Assisting academic staff in assessing community needs.