Girls Urged To Embrace Technical Education

Female 2Mathew Dally, Head of COTVET Project Support Unit, has urged girls to develop active interest in technical education to explore their talents.

According to him, technical education was not the preserve of males as perceived by a section of Ghanaians, adding that girls have equal chances in excelling in the sector.

“There is the need for all stakeholders to fight the notion that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is the preserve of only males,” he said.

Mr. Dally made the call when he addressed the 10th graduation ceremony of the Baptist Vocational Training Centre at Frankadua.

He suggested that the lead role in the campaign for the inclusion of more females in technical education should be taken up by career guidance and counselling personnel and parents.

Mr. Dally described the situation as a “stereotypical gender imbalance in our society,” stressing that in some other countries, females operating as electricians, mechanics and welders, among others, was normal.

He said countries referred to as the Asian Tigers, namely Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, “all have very solid technical and vocational education as propellers to their industrialized status.”

He gave the assurance that the Council for technical and vocational education and training (COTVET) would continue to partner the institute in offering quality training for the youth in the area.

The institute was founded by the Ghana Baptist Convention in 1999, initially, to give livelihood skills to liberated ‘Trokosi Girls.”

It later expanded to cater for Junior High School ,(JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) students as well as school dropouts interested in acquiring occupational skills.

The 10th batch of graduating students were 23, out of which nine are liberated ‘Trokosis.’

The three-year course, including, tuition, boarding, meals, materials for practical lessons, and examination fees, is offered free to the trainees, most of whom are from deprived backgrounds.

Additionally, the liberated ‘Trokosis’ are offered tools and seed money to start micro-businesses after graduating

Rev. Grace Akunor, Manageress of the Institute, complained theat institute did not have permanent classrooms as a result of which class sessions were sometimes held in corridors.

She said the institute also needed a bus to facilitate the movement of students.

Rev. Akunor commended the Ghana Baptist Foundation for giving the institute a pickup, and urged the government to consider absorbing the institute into the mainstream education system.

GNA

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