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15 Less Privileged Youth Inaugurated into Vocational, Technological and Technical training

The Member of Parliament of Asuoagyamang Constituency, Hon. Thomas Ampem Nyarko in Partnership with a non-governemntal organisation (NGO), Universal light Media (UNILIME ) Foundation has inaugurated 15 less privileged youth into vocational, technological and technical training to acquire skills which would enable them pursue their dreams and improve the living standard of the individuals. These 15 less privileged youth were enrolled in sewing, hair dressing, tilling, and masonry so they could contribute significantly to their community. VOCTECH Project The Project dubbed “VOCTECH” aims to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) specifically but not limited to; “No Hunger, No Poverty, Decent work and Economic Growth.” At the inauguration, the President of the Foundation, Mr. Dennis Agyei Boateng noted that, the Project was successfully launched with the Pilot project which targeted the youth in a community called Shiabu in Accra, which is in the Ablekuma West Constituency in 2017. The programme brought together Vocational and Technical Students of Boso Technical and Senior School (BOSTECH), trainees, trainers, family and friends of the trainees.      In Shiabu, the President said, VOCTECH empowered twelve (12) less privileged individuals in Information Technology (IT) where two of them specialised in graphic designing while others focused on dress making and are independent now. As part of expanding this project, Mr. Agyei pointed out that, UNILIME Foundation would be launching the next phase of the project in September this year where the machines among other materials for the training would be given to them. Within the next two or three years of their training, Mr. Agyei noted that, as part of training, the trainees would go through grooming sessions to boast their confidence and creativity. Financial Burden The President commended the MP, Hon. Nyarko for taking all expenses of the Machines for the Trainees, Tuition fee among other expenses. “This has taken huge financial burden from the Organisation because the leadership of this Organisation receives a lot of applications to be enrolled onto the project after its launch but due to lack of funding, we have not been able to serve the needs of all the applicants,” he disclosed. He expressed his appreciation to all stakeholders and donors who contributed financially to support the project. After making a presentation of a cash amount of GHC 2,250.00 to support the project, Hon. Nyarko who was the guest of honour commended the Organisation for doing something different to empower the youth. He lauded the initiative and encouraged the trainees to take the training seriously so he could do a lot to empower them as they add value to their lives. “When you take the training seriously, I will sponsor  training programmes which will teach them a modern way to use technology to market their brands after graduation,” he promised. Innovation Speaking at the inauguration, the key note speaker, Mr. Michael P.Y. Asare urged the trainees to take this opportunity to better their lives since vocational and technical training is more profitable as compared to monthly work. ” When we consider  civilizations  like Singapore, China, Arabs and even our own Egypt, we cannot downplay the huge contributions of technical and vocational skills in the conception and subsequent molding of the beautiful cities we find today. Developing nations need our Technical skills because they build and will continue to build social infrastructure for many years to come,” he stated. Advising the youth, Mr. Asare who is selected as a young African leader in Business by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) of Young African Leadership Intiviative (YALI) 2017 challenged the young that, in this age where even young Africans are overly conscious of their looks and appearances, Beneficiaries of VOCTECH should look beyond this training and imagine themselves as leading corporate vocational brands that can solve the needs of our people. “I believe you all can achieve your dreams if you focus more on preparing yourself to be relevant to your communities through VOCTECH instead of chasing selfish desire,” he said. He encouraged them to think about how their selected trade could reduce unemployment, poverty and the many challenges “we face as young people. You will therefore agree with me that for the progress of Boso, Asuogyaman area, Eastern region and our country Ghana, we need to promote VOCTECH.”   National Chief Editor: Miss Emmanuella Oduro Appiah

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