The Sankofa IPSF-AfRO Alumni Week

Background

The Alumni and mentorship week is an initiative by the IPSF AfRO RWG to go back to the roots of AfRO; to learn more about IPSF AfRO and where we came from. As the saying goes “If you do not know where you come from, how do you know where you are going?”. This is to encourage IPSF AfRO members to appreciate the region more and know what AfRO is really made of so they can work harder and be more active in achieving the goals of IPSF within AfRO. This week is also to connect upcoming and aspiring pharmacists with well-established pharmacists in the workforce to motivate and guide them on career paths. Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”

The word is derived from the words:
SAN (return),
KO (go),
FA (look, seek and take)

The sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation. The Sankofa symbol is based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards. Thus, the Akan believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan, it is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future.

Aim
To increase the knowledge of members on the history of AfRO and to connect with IPSF AfRO alumni who may be a wealth of knowledge the region could tap from.

Objectives
1. Learn about the history of IPSF AfRO

2. Connect with IPSF AfRO alumni

3. Inspire AfRO members especially CP’s and SEO’s to work harder to achieve the aims of IPSF
within the region

4. To connect the whole of AfRO together and create stronger bonds within the IPSF AfRO
team.