The New Year has started with transformative new opportunities for many young people across Africa as they begin their vocational training.
2020 ended on a high for 60 young people from the Kitgum District in Northern Ghana as they started their 12 months of training with our partner GRFU. Over one third of adults in the Kitgum region are not able to read and write, with less than 2% finishing their secondary school education. The project will change the lives of 60 disadvantaged young people by training them to become tailors, motorcycle mechanics or carpenters and supporting them to set up their own businesses. It will also benefit 160 girls, who will be provided with reusable sanitary pads, made by tailoring trainees.
Many young people in Bo, Sierra Leone have started applying for an opportunity to train at Craftshare’s (CVTC) vocational training centre. CVTV will deliver two twelve month projects supporting in total 168 people to learn high quality skills, as well as business and financial management skills, literacy and numeracy, and support for graduates to set up small businesses.
Building and construction trainees will construct private toilets, dig a well, and install handwashing facilities at the training centre, to support the 50 children a day attending creche and preschool there. Tailoring trainees will produce reusable sanitary towels. These activities will be accompanied by health and wellbeing workshops disseminating messages about handwashing and safe toilet practices to reduce infectious diseases, improve child health, and improve attendance at training for participants through improved health of their children.
It was so encouraging that partner TA Crusade were able to continue their training, which started in March 2020 and will finish in Spring later this year. The project has supported 80 young people living in poverty to train in tailoring, auto-mechanics, building and welding. They will use their newly acquired skills to improve water and sanitation services for 800 children in 2 local community schools by building latrines, incinerators, and producing reusable sanitary towels.
New projects will be starting in Malawi in Spring, supporting more opportunities for people to learn quality trade skills and establish their own enterprises. More update on this to come in future news!