Outreach Africa Vocational Institute (OAVI) last Saturday held its fourth graduation ceremony for 141 students, who graduated in fashion design, hairdressing and draftsmanship, at Whindo in Takoradi.
OAIV was set up by Mr. Dan Owusu Asiamah, a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church in 2007, to provide free vocational training to the needy in Takoradi and its environs, but, the school now boasts of students from the northern part of the country and neigbouring Togo, to access free vocational training.
Mr.Asiamah, who is also the founder and director of the institute, mentioned that about GHC20, 000.00 was spent on the training of the graduands.
He stated that OAIV, which provides free vocational training for interested persons who had completed Junior High School had so far successfully trained 778 students.
“I am proud and happy about our achievementS so far, and I am appealing to churches and philanthropists to direct their focus on education because it is the key to success. I humbly ask churches who already run schools to offer free education to students so that the poor and vulnerable can also be educated; this is what Christianity is about”, Mr Asiamah stressed.
He advised the graduands to give off their best to society and avoid social vices, and be disciplined.
The Managing Director of Goldfields West Africa, Mr. Alfred Baku, commended OAVI for providing free vocational training to needy children, and appealed to individuals and organisations to support the vocational training.
Fifty of the graduands were presented with cash prizes, sewing machines, dryers, burners and gas cylinders, for academic excellence and punctuality.
The overall best student, Ms. Francisca Anane, thanked the director of the OAVI for the opportunity offered the graduates to upgrade their skills, and promised that they would give back to society.
From Raissa Sambou, Whindo