62 Needy Girls yesterday graduated from Technical and Vocational Training Centre of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in Accra.
The girls have been trained in information communication technology and photography under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme dubbed; the “Young African Works,” an initiative of CAMFED Ghana and sponsored by the Master Card Foundation.
They were presented certificates, camera and laptops as starter packs to begin earning a living towards improving not only their welfare but to also contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
The 12 week intensive project being implemented by the Technology Transfer Unit (TTU) of GAEC is a partnership agreement signed between GAEC and CAMFED in October 2019 to train young women in TVET trades.
The Director-General of GAEC, Professor Samuel B. Dampare, in his opening remarks applauded the massive role the Commission for TVET have played to ensure their Competency-Based Training (CBT) project becomes a success.
The campaign for the female project, he explained, had increased the market-driven approach to science and technology especially the informal sector to create effective engagement to meet industry demands with defined quality standards.
Prof. Dampare urged the beneficiaries to apply all the knowledge and skills they have acquired and also make great use of available resources such as the Internet to stay relevant and innovative in their chosen field.
The Deputy Director TTU, Ms Sheila Frimpong, applauded the girls for the accomplishment and indicated that the three-year programme would train more girls in database management, computer networking, computer programming, photography, computer hardware and video editing among others.
She said two market-driven approaches in science and technology with focus on competence-based training to improve and empower young men and women for socio-economic development.
The deputy director stated that a total number of 381 students have been trained out of which 205 are young ladies representing 53.8 per cent adding that “through this project GAEC has been able to secure an ultra-modern multimedia studio.”
Mr Emmanuel Ekow Eduafor on behalf of CAMFED said since no single organisation has the answers to all social problems it takes collaboration and working partnerships with like-minded organisations to achieve set goals and objectives.
“This is why CAMFED continues to seek and forge partnerships with a wide range of organisations to provide a range of resources, expertise, data and knowledge that contribute to effective programme delivery,”he added.
One of the goals, Mr Eduafo explained, is to ensure that the interest of the clients, and the young women are adequately served in line with the framework of the MasterCard foundation strategy.
Dr Eunice Edjako Mintah of TVET urged the girls to let hard work be their lifestyles “if you go down there and keep the things in your rooms expecting someone to ask you to work you will fail because you have been given the skills it is your duty to use it.”
She advised them to be disciplined, dedicated, time conscious, diligent and treat their customers with respect and that is the only way the good will lord will bless the work of your hands.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU