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Monday, February 25, 2013

Entrepreneurship series initiated in Kumasi to empower youth

The Kumasi Center for Lifelong Learning (KCLL) has initiated an entrepreneurship series to empower young Ghanaians with information, training, mentorships and business start-up support.

500 young people would be supported to set up innovative community-based businesses to create jobs at the end of an initial two year cycle, under a pilot scheme with the North Suntreso Assembly of the Church of Pentecost.

The project involves initiation of ideas that address community challenges in the areas of environment, agriculture, livelihoods, literacy among others.

Executive Director of the Center, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, has envisaged the series would become the flagship avenue to develop sustainable entrepreneurs poised to address social needs.

“There are lots of challenges that we have as a country and each of those challenges is an opportunity for people to make money, for people to change their lives and for people to be able to make impact in other people’s lives”, he stated.

According to Mr. Adu-Gyamfi, targeted beneficiaries work in groups on ideas that translate into businesses. “When they develop the ideas to certain levels, we have mentorship programme, with the kind support of the Barclays Bank through their Community Support Project, that support them regards setting up their businesses, sustaining the businesses and also building up the management structure and ensuring the business grow”, he said.

The KCLL has been involved in the introduction of new modules in embedded systems and micro-electronic training for Engineering and Computer Science students at the KNUST.

Mr. Adu-Gyamfi noted that the Center is focused on high-end technology and social entrepreneurship as well as working with people in the informal sector to access the requisite tools and finance to successfully run their businesses.

Meanwhile, Norbert Opare-Gyan, a youth leader of the Pentecost Church, has emphasised the need for churches to concentrate on devising socio-economic interventions in addition to their spiritual activities.

“If somebody is not working, the temptation for him to commit crime or do something bad would be so high on him, but if the person is well occupied we believe and trust that the person can organise himself as well as build his spiritual life”, he noted.

Mr. Opare-Gyan says the Church’s partnership with KCLL is to aid unemployed graduates and other young people in the church and within the community to start profitable ventures.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh

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