By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, April 17, GNA – Over one thousand youth of the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church, Ghana (MCG), have in the last five years been trained and equipped with vocational and technical skills for self-employment.
The beneficiaries were trained under the Church’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme and the Methodist Development and Relief Services (MDRS).
Among the skills acquired are education in business development, mushroom cultivation and soap-making.
The rest are bakery, batik, tie and dye, masonry, embroidery and catering.
The Right Reverend Christopher Nyarko Andam, the Diocesan Bishop, outlining the Church’s contribution to job creation at a youth rally in Kumasi, said the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) provided technical support for the training.
« The Methodist Church believes in the holistic development of mankind, and in line with this, the leadership has found it necessary to help the youth to be self-reliant by acquiring employable skills, » he noted.
The rally, a prelude to the Church’s 57th annual synod, slated for April 19, this year, was to mentor the youth to strive for excellence in their educational careers and other fields of endeavour.
It was also to highlight to the participants various socio-economic and health projects being undertaken by the Church to bring development and growth to the Ghanaian society.
« My Role in Pursuing our Evangelism Goal through Effective Stewardship to Sustain Growth », was the theme.
The programme brought together academicians, technocrats and a cross-section of Methodist youth groups.
Rt. Rev. Andam said currently the Diocese was operating about ten health facilities to provide quality healthcare services to the people.
On education, he said efforts had been stepped up to construct more educational facilities to ease access and improve quality education in the country.
Professor Seth Opuni Asiamah, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Peace Council, advised university graduates to embrace vocational skills acquisition to augment their education.
« Our university graduates must not see vocational training as a venture considered not too important, » he noted, adding that rather, they should begin to avail themselves of such training for their own benefits.
« The time has come for graduates to also learn bakery, hairdressing, tailoring and other trades in order to be self-reliant as the nation worked harder to address youth unemployment, » Prof. Asiamah said.
April 18, 2018