The Member of Parliament (MP) of Asuoagyaman Constituency, Hon. Thomas Ampem Nyarko has pledge his commitment to empower the youth in Vocational and Technical Training in his constituency to contribute significantly to national development. According to him, taking such initiative is part of the sustainable measures to address youth unemployment in his constituency in order not to become a liability or burden to the society and the country at large. Hon. Nyarko said this when some National Executives of Universal Light Media (UNILIME) Foundation paid a courtesy call on the MP to discuss their intention to partner with him on their project dubbed “VOCTECH” at his office last Thursday.
About VOCTECH VOCTECH aims at training the youth in deprived communities in the country as a way to compliment government’s effort to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) eight (8). The Pilot of the project targeted youth in a community called Shiabu, in the Ablekuma West Constituency in 2017. This project helped, and continue to support the youth to acquire vocational, technological and technical skills to enable them pursue their dreams and improve their living standards as individuals as well as the society. In Shiabu, VOCTECH empowered twelve less privileged individuals in Information Technology (IT) where two of them specialized in graphic designing. Others focused on dress making and are independent now. As part of expanding this project, UNILIME Foundation is launching the next phase of the project at Boso in the Asuogyaman Constituency in the Eastern Region to officially enroll new beneficiaries onto the project. The project brings to bear the role UNILIME Foundation plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) specifically but not limited to; “No Hunger, No Poverty, and Decent work and Economic Growth.” In view of this, the MP in collaboration with the Foundation have recruited 15 individuals to learn vocational and technical training as part of his corporate social responsibility. Youth Development Commenting on the Project, Hon. Nyarko commended the Foundation for their great initiative and is ready to work with them to create value in the lives of the youth in his community. “I started this project years back but I realised that, trainees were not committed to complete after their recruitment so I decided to stop recruiting people into training. I decided to set up youth who were committed to go through their training after their graduation. I believe working with the Foundation to accomplish my dream to help the youth is in the right direction since the foundation has a better mechanism of monitoring them to complete the training,” he explained.
This year, he disclosed that, he would give nine (9) sewing machines, two hair dryers among other equipments for the tillers and masons to facilitate their training. He promised to give two thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 2,000) to kick start the project as he solicit for financial assistance from other agencies and benevolent individuals to complete the project. The MP who has built a library for his community from his common fund is ready to help the foundation build a centre at Boso in future if they have a fruitful collaboration. Hon. Nyarko noted that, the youth must have the relevant skills in vocational and technical training so they could have a meaningful life as future leaders.Commendation Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, the National President, Mr. Dennis Agyei Boateng applauded the MP for his achievements over the years and his commitment to serve his community diligently. The President noted that, bringing change is not about politics, rather, getting the right leaders. Therefore, they are ready to work with him to promote the change he desires to bring to his constituency irrespective of his political affiliation.
The National Coordinator and Acting Project Director, Ms. Regina Okyere Darko gave him the breakdown of the project and her expectations. Ms. Darko assured the MP of the commitment of the Foundation to put in place proper mechanism in mentoring the trainees to achieve the objective of the project. She appreciated the MP for given the Foundation such an opportunity to work with him.
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