Savana Signatures says it has empowered 195 girls across the Volta region in Ghana with employable skills in mostly male dominated artisanal trades.
The non-governmental organisation (NGO) is executing the project, ‘Girls Life Choices’, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
According to UNICEF, female youths aged between 15 and 29 are three times more likely than male youths to be outside the labour force and not participating in education.
The project, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency, aims to empower vulnerable girls between the ages of ten and 19.
Beneficiary districts include South Tongu, Central Tongu, North Tongu, Akatsi North, Akatsi South, Ketu South and Adaklu.
‘Society develops when women, girls and youth have access to enabling platforms, tools and support to thrive’, the NGO said in a Facebook post.
‘Thanks to our partners, UNICEF Ghana and KOICA Ghana Office for supporting us in making sure these girls receive training and tools in male-dominated trades’.
At a ceremony to present tools and equipment to the girls who have completed their training, Executive Director of Savana Signatures, John Agbenyo, said the economic transformation of every country must be built on vocational training.
‘The project is a child protection one with a livelihood empowerment component’, he said.
For his part, the organisation’s Project Manager, Volta, Richard Bonny, appealed to the beneficiaries to live up to the task assigned them.
Also speaking, the Volta Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare, Stella Agbezuhlor, said determination and focus must be the hallmark of anyone aspiring to become a future achiever.
She pledged her support to assist some female beneficiaries financially in championing their dreams.
The training covered painting, glazing and fabrication, carpentry, tiling, auto spraying, electricals and welding.
Source: Savana Signatures
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