Engage Now Africa, a non-governmental organisation has graduated 62 Adult Learners in the Central Tongu District as part of its Adult Literacy and Vocational Skills Training.
They were taken through literacy skills and more than five vocational skills for a period of two years.
Dr Lynette Gay, the founder and Chairwoman of Engage Now Africa, addressing the graduates revealed the motive of the NGO had been, to give opportunity to people to learn how to better their lives adding that not everyone had the opportunity to finish the school system, yet they had to contribute to their family and society.
“We also teach our adult learners how to start a business and how to manage it. This gives them a great sense that they can do something and that they have the capabilities,” she said.
Mrs Cecilia Amankwa, Country Director of Engage Now Africa, mentioned they had trained more than 4,000 learners in the country who were now owners of their businesses.
She mentioned Engage Now Africa had been in operation since 2006 in Ghana and in five African countries with the main mission to heal, rescue and lift the underprivileged.
Mr Francis Wama, the Volta regional director of Engage Now Africa added that the youth learners could become self-reliant if they took the skills taught them seriously.
He mentioned Engage Now Africa had been training people in seven districts in the Volta Region.
Torgbe Kwesinyi Agyeman VI, Chief of Mafi Adidome, lauded Engage Now Africa’s efforts and asked them to help find solution to teenage pregnancy which had become prevalent in the district.
“We are happy for your support in trying to reduce poverty and providing a source of livelihood for these people, we will also plead with you to bring your expertise on board to help end the prevalent teenage pregnancy in the district” he said.
He petitioned Engage Now Africa to help find a solution to the Agricultural needs of the people of Central Tongu since most of their livelihood depended on farming and animal rearing.
Mamaga Asantewaa II, Paramount Queen Mother of Wusuta Traditional area, also urged the graduates to make good use of all that they were taught adding that, “as a start-up, set up yourselves in teams, this would be easier and supportive to start early”.
Ama Ziekpor, one of the graduates informed the Ghana news agency she was not able to understand or express herself, but through the literacy skills, she could now do all that.
Olivia Avordedzo also expressed her gratitude to Engage Now Africa for giving her a handicraft that she could depend on for a living.
All the graduates came from the Central Tongu district