The people of Fume and the entire Avatime community in the Volta region, are to benefit from an ultra-modern Vocational/Technical institute to train its youth and equip them with employable skills for development.
The project being funded by a German Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), would have its concept based on the Germany Technical and Vocational system with a competency –based training (CBT) methodology focusing on participatory learning.
The school is expected to begin in August this year, to conform to the September academic year per the Ghana Education Service (GES) calendar.
Already, about 35 chalets based on the school’s technology concept are being constructed to accommodate both expatriate and local instructors.
Mr Noah Gbexede, Ghana coordinator of the project who made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said students of the school would be trained to manufacture solar panels and solar lamps to help government’s electrification programme, while generating direct employment for the trainees.
He said students would also be trained in the construction of affordable houses for the community, using local materials such as bamboos, interlocking clay base blocks for a special housing project which is a component of the project.
Mr Gbexede told GNA that because the school was to train the youth in employable skills to reduce youth unemployment endemic in the rural area, admission would not be based solely on academic performance such as the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to capture the youth for training.
Additionally he said short module tailor courses would be available to train unskilled youth or artisans to polish up their vocations or trades, to meet the standards that would guarantee their stay in the job.
He said to meet the August deadline, a house-to house sensitization in most of the towns and communities in the area had started to get students for the commencement of the academic year.
Mr Gbexede hoped that the project would drastically reduce the unemployment rate in the area, and called for support from the people to ensure that the purpose of the project was achieved for their own benefit. GNA