Despite the good intentions of governments and the private sector in providing jobs, youth unemployment is still a major source of concern. According to the World Bank, Ghana is faced with 12% youth unemployment and more than 50% underemployment, both higher than the overall unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Based on this, the MTN Ghana Foundation and Plan International, committed GHc445, 000 to support the training of 100 young women and men in Nsawam and Suhum. The first 50 beneficiaries are passing out today with skills in mobile phone repairs.
The objective for this training is to provide beneficiaries with employable skills that will enhance their livelihood. Therefore, 50 out-of-school young men and women have been equipped with mobile phone repairs and maintenance skills. These 50 were trained in:
- Introduction to mobile phone technology
- Basic customer service
- front end repairs, Repair and rectification of faults of mobile phones
- Finally, they were also educated on how to maintain a safe and secure work environment
As part of the project, MTN Ghana Foundation provides start-up tools and kiosks with hope that young people in Nsawam Adoagyiri and its environs will take advantage of this opportunity to prepare themselves to take on the future.
The Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Isaac Kwadwo Buabeng expressed gratitude to MTN and Plan International for selecting the municipality for this pilot project. He said the project is very timely and a great support to the Assembly’s activities of providing employable skills like soap making, baking, etc, through the Business Advocacy Centre. He appealed to other corporate organisations to emulate this worthy cause. Hon Buabeng believes that this project will directly and indirectly impact the lives of the youth in the municipality.
In a SPEECH BY MRS NABILLA WILLIAMS MTN FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER, says they are confident that this intervention will help reduce the youth unemployment as well as contribute towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 8, and also this project forms part of their commitment to brighten lives and express appreciation to communities in which they operate, for their loyalty to the MTN brand and for the sustenance of their business.
She then went ahead to give a brief description of their foundation by saying, since the inception of the Foundation in November 2007, MTN Ghana Foundation has implemented 152 projects including this project with an investment of over 15 million USD. Our interventions are in the areas of Education, Health and Economic empowerment, impacting more than 4 million people in Ghana. And also pledge their commitment to continue to impact lives positively.
Lastly, she expressed her profound gratitude to Plan Ghana for partnering the MTN Ghana Foundation to successfully implement this project and also thank the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly for providing a conducive environment for the training of beneficiaries. And also commended her colleagues on the MTN Ghana Foundation Board for the continuous interest in ensuring that they make the needed interventions to make lives a whole lot brighter in the communities across the country.
A Senior Management Member of Plan International Ghana, Mrs Maud Tsagli said her organisation believes in equipping the youth, especially women and girls, with entrepreneurial skills to enable them obtain not only skills but to also sustain them. She said technical and vocational education and training is the way forward for the country as it is thought-through solution to the unemployment situation. She charged the beneficiaries to make good use of the skills acquired and also encouraged them to learn from every challenges that comes their way to propel them for success.
A beneficiary, Rockshire Asiedu, said it is a good initiative to empower the youth with employable skills. He pledged to make good use of the skills acquired by also training others.
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