ActionAid Ghana provided livelihood skills training and startup logistical support for 500 youths selected from Asutifi-North, Mion, Sagnarigu and Talensi Districts of Ghana to enable the trainees to set up their own small businesses. Funded by Medicor Foundation, the ‘Providing Employment Opportunities for Young People in Ghana‘ project aims at equipping young people with vocational skills that could make them self-employable.

The Head of Programmes, Campaigns and Innovations at ActionAid Ghana, Mr. John Nkaw, noted that “many young people in Ghana struggle to find employment, which makes it impossible for them to provide for their basic needs.” Many youth also lack skills, knowledge, and training to start, build, and manage sustainable income generating activities, he added. Mr. Nkaw observed that ActionAid Ghana has been a key player providing self-employment training opportunities for many Ghanaian youths.

“As an organization that has been operating since 1990 in Ghana and fighting gender inequality, root causes of poverty and promoting social justice, ActionAid is working with young people to contribute to change stories, by empowering them with relevant skills and knowledge in livelihood activities and encouraging their participation in decision making that affects their lives.”

Mr. John Nkaw | Head of Programs, Campaigns and Innovations, ActionAid Ghana

Project Manager Ms. Terence Tienaah reported that the project targeted 531 young people (362 females and 169 males) who were selected with the support of the Ghana Enterprises Agency (formerly National Board for Small Scale Industries) and National Vocational and Technical Institutes). Project beneficiaries were given the opportunity to assess, elect and obtain training in one of 12 economically viable trades that included catering/cooking, soap making, and tiling, weaving, bead making, etc. At the National Youth Forum on Providing Employment Opportunities for Young People in Ghana, some project beneficiaries showcased their products, including smocks, kente, locally-made detergent, footwear, and beads.

Mr. Nelson Owusu Ansah, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at National Youth Authority, encouraged Ghanaian youth to take interest in personal development by acquiring self-employment and livelihood skills. Mr. Owusu Ansah noted that there was nothing like green pastures anywhere and that any individual who was determined could make it in life if they were ready to put in some effort to better their own lives.