Bismark Issifu won the Overall Best Community Engagement Student award at the KNUST College of Health Sciences excellence awards 2022. The 2022 edition of the annual awards scheme came off on the 18th March, 2022 at the Senior Staff Club, KNUST.
The prestigious awards event meant to award the best Staff and Students saw the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson in attendance. It also had in attendance the KNUST Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Provost of KNUST College of Health Sciences, Prof Christian Agyare, among other dignitaries.
The winner of the Overall Best Community Engagement Student award, Bismark Issifu hails from Binaba-Tetako, Bawku West in the Upper East region. He had his basic & secondary education at Binaba JHS & Bolgatanga SHS between 2009 & 2014 respectively.
The 4th born of a family of 14 children is a self-motivated individual with a positive mindset, who subscribes to the values of hardwork, Respect, Humility, Discipline & strive for excellence. He perseveres and he is always prepared to listen and learn.
In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with young ones, helping and inspiring them to stay true to their academic and career goals. Also, he dedicates some time to his personal development.
In terms of career paths, Bismark Issifu intends to contribute to three sectors of the Ghanaian economy: Health, Education and Governance.
Currently, he is a level 200 Doctor of Pharmacy student in KNUST and the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Obismok College & Obismok Educational Consult.
Speaking of his community engagement projects, the reason for his award, these are a few to note:
1. He championed a self-help project (building of a 2-unit classroom block for KG in Tetako, my village in 2009). However, later in 2012 the government then came in to build a 3-unit classroom block with an office. Making tetako now have a full-fledged primary school.
2. He established Obismok College in the Bawku West District, Zebilla in 2016 and has been organizing remedial classes to prepare students for private WASSCE exams and vacation classes for SHS students.
The remedial classes are to help students who failed in one or more subjects in their school WASSCE better the results and those who need a single grade for programs like Medicine, Pharmacy, Law etc at the University.
The vacation classes are to engage these young students during vacation and thus help them cover the syllabus and prevent them from travelling down south as the case has been in the North.
Meanwhile, the broader vision is to create a society of elites.
3. He was elected and served as president of Toende Students Union-TONSU (The student representative council of Bawku West District from Basic to Tertiary level) from January, 2017 to January, 2020. He brought initiatives like TONSU Basic Science & Maths Quiz in 2017 to help students develop an interest in Science & Maths at the Basic level and to also help improve academic performance.
His leadership was able to produce the overall best BECE students in the Upper East Region for the presidential award (Best Male & Female student in 2018 & best male student in 2019 ). Also, they advocated for the reconstruction of the Bolga-Bawku Pulmakom road which was in a bad shape for over a decade.
Furthermore, they introduced Toende Most beautiful pageant, organized clean up exercises across the district, capacity development workshops among others. Eventually, they were awarded the Founder’s Service Award for outstanding leadership.
4. Finally, he also volunteered as a people teacher in Binaba JHS( 2014-2016) and Zebilla SH/TS (2016-2018).