The Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Project (SEHP), in collaboration with GIZ, a Germany-based non-governmental organization, and the Ghana EXIM Bank is engaging about thousand and five hundred (1500) young ladies between the ages of 16 and 24 across three regions: Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Tamale for screening to be selected for skill training and empowerment.
Speaking at the event held today at the Bethel Methodist Church at Kasoa in the Central Region, Madam Akua Asantewaa, Project Advisor of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Project revealed that the project, which is the initiative of Her Excellency Mrs. Samira Bawumia will register and train selected youth between 16 and 24 years of age in Dressmaking and tailoring, fashion accessories, and makeup and beauty therapy.
Detailing how the project which is in 2 phases will span out, Mrs. Akua Asantewaa explained that the timelines are such that dressmaking and tailoring will have a cover period of six months, whiles four and two months will be used for training in fashion accessories and makeup and beauty therapy respectively.
She added that upon graduation the beneficiaries will be provided with job opportunities, and also be linked with supply chains by their trainers. Where the fashion houses may not be able to absorb all them, the trainees would be put into cooperative businesses.This, according to the Project Advisor of SEHP, will let the beneficiaries be self-sufficient, and reduce dependency on their families.
According to Mrs. Asantewaa, the other part of the project will cater for about five hundred (500) other business owners, 25 years and above who may just need polish training, or need a little support in improving their businesses and their livelihoods, also in the three operational regions of the Project.
Mrs. Asantewaa expressed optimism that at the end of the programme, which has a 3 year lifespan, a lot of the youth in the 3 regions, through the SEHP will have beneficial skills that would help reduce unemployment, and also reduce the number of social vices the youth engage themselves in.
On her part, the Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, who is the Member of Parliament for the area thanked the initiators of the programmme for selecting her Constituency as part of the Greater Accra cluster to benefit from the project. She implored the youth who would be selected at the end of the screening to be hardworking and be serious in this “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
The Hon. Minister disclosed to the media that Kasoa has recently earned a bad name in the media space due to some illicit activities being engaged in by the youth. She believes that this initiative by Her Excellency the Second Lady will keep the youth busy, and prevent effects such as unwanted pregnancy among the young girls.
According to the Awutu Senya East lawmaker, her outfit will offer the necessary support and environment for the project to start and end successfully.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with obaatanparadioonline.com expressed gratitude to the Second Lady, the MP of the area, and the organizers for bringing such a worthy project to them.
Expressing their optimism about the project, the beneficiaries believe the training will afford them the needed skills to improve their living standards.