Church assists youth to acquire employable skills

The Kumasi Diocesan Methodist Church, has rolled out an entrepreneurship programme to help the youth learn employable skills to improve their living conditions.

Under it, they are trained in hairdressing, batik, tie- and-dye making, grass-cutter and mushroom farming, metal works and improved agricultural practices.

Additionally, they are taught book-keeping, preparation of business development plans, marketing, packaging and good customer relations.

The programme is targeting those into small-scale business activities, unemployed graduates, and the youth in general, and it is being done in partnership with the Rural Enterprises Project (REP), and some financial institutions.

The Right Reverend Professor Osei Safo-Kantanka, Kumasi Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church, at its formal launch, said the goal was not only to help them to establish their own businesses, but to adopt best practices to grow and expand such economic ventures.

He said the trainees would be helped to access credit to operate with.

As a church, they were not only concerned about the spiritual development of the people, but also eager to tackle their physical needs.

He said it was for this reason that, the church, had over the years been actively engaged in the construction of schools, health and water facilities and youth development, among other things.

Daasebre Otuo Serebuo, Omanhene of Juaben, hailed the initiative, and encouraged the youth to take advantage of it to become economically self-supporting. GNA

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