An Obuasi based Non- Governmental Organisation, Mama Love foundation has organized skills development training for over 300 students from the KNUST-Obuasi campus as part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of Dr. Love Konadu in radio.
The training sought to empower the students with alternative skills to make them self-reliant and employable after graduating from school. It formed part of the ‘train the hand’ initiative of Mama Love Foundation.
The students were trained in soap making, yoghurt making, fascinators, shower gel production, pizza, pie making, etc.
According to the government statistician Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, 25% of young people age 15–35 was not in employment, education, or training (NEET) across the three quarters of 2022. This amounts to 2.5 million people, or 1 out of every 4 young people.
“The report also indicated that about 1.76 million people were unemployed in the third quarter of 2022, and two out of every three unemployed people were female. Prior to this, data on Ghana’s youth unemployment fluctuated from 6% to 13% between 2016 and 2021.
Addressing the media after the training which involved 2 cohorts; members of the Ghana Methodist Students Union (GHAMSU) and students of KNUST-Obuasi campus, the President of Mama Love Foundation Dr Love Konadu said the foundation said they focused on how to empower students this time knowing the difficulties in securing jobs after school.
The Foundation since 2017 has trained more than 1000 people, equipped them with the skill to be self-employed and self-reliant.
Dr. Love Konadu, said it has become increasingly clear that finding white-collar jobs now has become an arduous task for many Ghanaians, hence the training.
According to her, governments the world over have resorted to equipping the youth with employable skills to run their own businesses and not rely on government for jobs.
“This is what has motivated Mama Love Foundation to conduct this training for students of KNUST-Obuasi campus which is the only tertiary institution in Obuasi”.
She advised the participants to take the skills acquired from the training seriously to set up their own businesses even when they are in school.
DONATION TO PATMOS CHILDREN’S HOME
Dr. Love Konadu in the company of members of the Obuasi Local Council of churches also donated items to the Patmos Children’s Home, an orphanage at Tewobaabi, a community near Fomena in the Ashanti Region.
The items donated included; ten boxes of rice, cooking oil, 2 boxes of tomatoes, Toilet rolls, clothes, biscuits and toffees worth Gh 15,000.00
Activities lined up for the 20th anniversary of Dr. Love Konadu in radio also include; Health Walk, Health screening and Fufu party in collaboration with AGA Health Foundation on Friday 4th August, 2023 at AGA club House Wawase and a book launch and Love praise on 21st September, 2023.