The African Development Organization for Migration (AFDOM) has successfully graduated 89 young individuals from vocational skills training, equipping them to make meaningful contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.
The graduates, consisting of 79 young females and 10 young males, underwent three years of training under the AFDOM project titled “AFDOM Village of Hope II Returnee Migrant Rehabilitation Centre for Protection of Reintegration and Minimising Irregular Migration to Europe and Kayaye.”
During the graduation ceremony in Tamale, Mr Munkaila Aminu, the Executive Director of AFDOM, highlighted that the project, funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), aimed to empower youth with skills for self-employment and to combat unemployment in the country.
The acquired skills will enable the graduates to generate income, achieve financial independence, reduce poverty, and minimize irregular migration to other countries in search of better opportunities.
Moreover, it will help curb the trend of youth migrating to southern Ghana in search of non-existent jobs.
Madam Abdul-Wahab Humaimatu, Head of the Informal Apprenticeship Unit at Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Service, emphasized the importance of skills training for creating prospects in the job market.
She advised the youth to establish their businesses within their local communities, thereby contributing to rural-urban development.
Furthermore, she encouraged parents and guardians to recognize skills training as a valuable alternative to traditional academic education.
Madam Theresa Baveng, Vice Chairperson of AFDOM, appealed to parents and guardians to support their children in developing their own businesses, thereby fostering their entrepreneurial growth and self-reliance.