Some 25 young women from the Ga community were trained and awarded certificates of competency in vocational education and training as part of activities marking this year’s Homowo celebration.
Beneficiaries were trained on how to design costumes using flat back rhinestones and how to develop fashionable slippers.
The Intensive Practical Training was an initiative of the Ga Mantse Office to equip young women with practical knowledge and skills to reduce youth unemployment and poverty within the Ga community.
At a one-day program at Jamestown in Accra yesterday, those who excelled during the training also received starter kits, including job aids and materials, to help jump-start their careers.
A facilitator, Peju Naomi Signmund, who accompanied the girls through the training, said the rhinestone business was one of the most lucrative business ventures in fashion.
With such a skill, she said, recipients could design clothes from the comfort of their homes to earn money without necessarily having to own a boutique.
She said the training would therefore help to empower women and subsequently reduce poverty in the community.
She further urged the grantees to apply the knowledge and skills positively and contribute to the well-being of their respective households and communities.
The Ga Mantse Office Skills Development and Training Officer, Reverend Duke Yartey, challenged the young women to demystify the misconception that vocation is not a lucrative business in order to have a positive impact on their communities.
He said the main vision of the Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II was the education of girls and the empowerment of women.
“Once in a while he looks for a partnership agreement to empower women to help him build the Ga community,” he said.
“People have engaged in hairdressing, catering, makeup and many more, and it’s on top of that.
“Her vision is that Ga girls should be educated, they should have skills and earn a living to build their homes so they don’t end up on the streets,” added Reverend Yartey.
Reverend Yartey said after the training, the office would follow up to see how the girls were using the skills they learned.
He also encouraged beneficiaries to pass on the skills learned to other young women in their communities to help break the chain of unemployment.
Some beneficiaries, who spoke to the Daily Graphic, acknowledged the importance of the training and further praised the Office of Ga Mantse for spearheading the initiative.
“It’s going to help me earn an income without depending on anyone for support. Luckily for us, it doesn’t take a lot of space to do it, so I can do it in my room at home,” said the one of the beneficiaries, Naa Odorley.
“I appreciate this initiative and I will train my younger sisters at home,” she added.