Fifty Adult Learners Graduate from United Way Ghana's Adult Literacy and Financial Empowerment Programme
In order to boost employability and income stability, United Way Ghana in partnership with Engage Now Africa have graduated fifty (50) adults from its workforce development initiative – The Adult Literacy and Financial Empowerment Programme - in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
From November 2020 to February this year, the beneficiaries were taken through intensive literacy and vocational skills development classes including reading, writing and speaking skills, basic budgeting and numeracy skills, soap and sanitizer manufacturing training, as well as batik and tie-and-dye processes. The learners were selected from communities in the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly including Aboabo, Sawaba and Asawase.
Adorned in vibrant colours and filled with excitement, the families of the learners were present at the graduation to show their support to their loved ones. Many graduates shared their experiences and testimonies from the training programme. For most of them, this was a significant milestone and special moment in their lives as they wore the graduation gown and caps for the first time. They were filled with pride for being recognized for their individual achievement in completing this life-changing training.
Out of the number of beneficiaries who graduated this year, 7% have set up businesses, and 39% are raising funds to set up businesses. Plans are underway to reach out and support the remaining 52% to set-up their businesses.