43 youth undergo skills training in Navrongo

Cross section of the graduands in jubilant mood with their certificates and the machines  presented to  them

Cross section of the graduands in jubilant mood with their certificates and the machines presented to them

A total of 43 youth drawn from the Kassena-Nankana East Municipality and the Kassena-Nankana West District in the Upper East Region, who were offered various skills training modules have passed out at a graduation ceremony held at Navrongo.

They were trained in batik, tie and dye, soap making, beads making, dress making and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

The beneficiaries also received start-up capitals in the forms of equipment and also took home certificates of participation.

Our Lady of Mercy (OLAM) Community Services, an NGO operating in the northern part of the country in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development with funding support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA- SENEGAL), and the German Embassy in Ghana, facilitated the training of the beneficiaries.

Addressing the graduands at the 5th maiden graduation ceremony on Tuesday, at Navrongo on the theme “Promoting gender equality, social inclusion through skills training”, the Project Director of OLAM, Mr Emmanuel Atiiga, explained    that OLAM, which had been registered as an NGO, had been operating in the north since 2005 with the aim of empowering the underprivileged communities, women and children towards poverty reduction and community development.

He  intimated that his outfit with funding  support from the  OSIWA- SENEGAL and the  German Embassy in Ghana, had over the years  collaborated with the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, in offering training in various vocational modules such as batik, tie and dye, soap making, beads making, dress making and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

“Most of the beneficiaries who were school dropouts and past students of junior and senior high schools and could not continue their education as a result of financial challenges were trained in batik, tie and dye, soap making, beads making, dress making and Information Communication Technology (ICT)” , the project coordinator stressed.

He said most of the past beneficiaries had set up their own shops and employed others, adding that, some of the graduands of the OLAM institute who wrote the prescribed National Vocational and Training Institute (NVTI) Examination, were awarded certificates after passing the conducted examination.

The project director stated that plans were far advanced by his outfit to prepare the incoming students adequately to enable them to write the NVTI in order to be better placed in the job market and admonished the graduands to take their work seriously.

The Municipal Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Mr James Brown Fankey gave the assurance that his outfit in collaboration with the NGO would continue to offer services to the beneficiaries on how to sustain the growth of their set-up businesses.

The planning officer of the Kassena-Nankana Municipal, Mr Alhassan Abdul-Baqi, who spoke for the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Williams Adum, commended the efforts of the NGO and the funding agencies for complementing government’s efforts to generate employment  for  the youth.

The Municipal Director of Department of Social Welfare and Community Development , Mr James Brown Fankey, presenting certificate and a sewing machine  to one of the beneficiaries at the graduation ceremony

Cross section of the graduands in jubilate mood with their certificate and the machines  presented to  them

From Samuel Akapule, Navrongo

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