Conference on building capacities of young women begins in Accra

A conference aimed at equipping young women between the ages of 18-35 years with skills and knowledge to enable them to effectively contribute to the society, begun in Accra on Wednesday.

Christened ‘Talita Qumi’, the five-day event being organised by the Women Ministry of Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, is on the theme: ‘Young lady, improve upon your life through selflessness, integrity and effective stewards’.

Speaking at the opening, Dr Mrs Lilian Ayetey Nyampong, Director of Research Department of CHRAJ, said the country ought to develop the leadership of young men and women to come out with their potentials to take up leadership roles in the country to boost growth and development.

According to the director, leadership was about shaping the attitude and behaviour of people, adding that “if you want to have a very good attitude, then, you must begin to groom and develop the country’s young people”.

She advised the youth to change their attitudes and think positively while learning how to understudy the experienced ones to become transformational leaders.

Dr Mrs Ayetey Nyampong urged the participants to imbibe good qualities and put into practice the training they were receiving.

“Empowering Young Women to Lead Change is an easy to follow resource manual designed to enable young women to prepare and facilitate training on a host of issues that are important to them,” she added.

Underscoring the importance of the annual event, Madam Philomena Buckle, Officer in charge of Girls’ Education at Ghana Education Service (GES), said the theme for the programme was apt following the dangers technology posed to the youth.

“Through the influence of media platforms, the values of young people in particular are going through challenges, while important values such as selflessness, integrity and community are being eroded.”

 She commended the church for its commitment towards nation building, including development of schools and others.

BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY

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