One hundred twelve young women across Ghana have undergone Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills training under the Young African Works (YAW) programme. Funded by Mastercard Foundation, YAW is meant to provide 30 million youth with employable skills by 2030.
The free two-month training conducted by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) under the auspices of CAMFED was on the theme “Women in Information Technology for Sustainable Development.” The beneficiaries were trained in photography, graphic design, networking, hardware, website development, data management and programming.
As part of the training, the participants were given start-up support to help them to establish their businesses. Those who did photography and graphic design were each given a brand new camera, and those who pursued the other programmes were each given a laptop.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at GAEC, the Deputy Director-General of the Commission for Technical Vocational Education Training (CTVET), Mr Peter Antwi Boasiako, said TVET education was crucial to addressing the growing unemployment problem facing the country, stressing that the United Nations and the World Bank had affirmed that in their various reports.
He said private business operators and industry needed a workforce with TVET and competency-based skills. Mr Boasiako said in view of this, the government, for the past six years, had invested more than GH¢11 billion to establish new TVET centres across the country and equip the technical universities with modern specialised laboratories, equipment and tools.
The Deputy Director-General of CTVET urged the graduands to be exceptional and put what they had learnt into practice.