A one-year intensive educational programme by the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) for 50 apprentices in Winneba is underway.
The programme includes reading, writing and record keeping for hairdressers, dressmakers, carpenters and drivers.
The programme is the initiative of “Challenging Heights”, a non-governmental organization of the Barclays Bank and the
Vodafone Foundation World of Difference (VFWOD).
Ms Evelyn Anim-Damfour, Project Coordinator of Vodafone Foundation, said the Foundation felt it necessary to make all people happy and smile, as well as enable them to read and write. She explained that the Foundation had so far spent GH¢200 on the project.
A monitoring and evaluation team led by Mr Paul Oteng-Boudi of Vodafone commended the participants and the NFED for their efforts and advised participants to remain focused on the programme, adding that “your decision today will determine your life in future”.
Madam Mary Aba Ghunney, the Effutu Municipal Coordinator of the NFED told participants that nine adolescents between the ages of 10 and 21, who had been rescued from fishing activities along the Volta Lake, had received similar training and were now enrolled in regular schools in the Effutu Municipality.
She added that education was a continuous process which enabled one to become a useful citizen.
Seven of the participants who excelled during interviews conducted by the visiting team were given special packages to support their vocational skills.