GRATIS Foundation in partnership with Christian Aid held a familiarization/open day event for the first batch of 30 master craftsmen to be trained in welding, machinery maintenance and mechanics from the Ablekuma South and Ayawaso East sub-metros as part of the Growing Economic Opportunities for Sustainable Development (GEOP) project in Tema.
The event was to offer beneficiaries the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the working environment of GRATIS Foundation and have first-hand information about the GEOP project.
In his welcome address, Mr. Emmanuel Asiedu, Chief Executive Officer of GRATIS Foundation, remarked that “those who take advantage of their time benefit from it.” He therefore admonished the beneficiary mastercraftmen to utilize this opportunity to the optimum, as it is an opportunity of a lifetime to upgrade their skill set .He added that “Christian Aid and EU are giving you an economic opportunity,”
Mr. Sadick Osman, GEOP Project Officer-Christian Aid, in his remarks to the beneficiary mastercraftmen encouraged them “to take advantage and explore this unique opportunity to build on their skills to improve the growth prospects of their business or better position them for employment in the growing welding industry” He also added that the master craftsmen will receive training on financial literacy and entrepreneurship and more importantly linked to credit. He entreated the beneficiaries to make maximum use of their learning time while at GRATIS and also support and share experiences with each other in order to make the training a success.
Mr. Joseph Essel, a beneficiary from the Ablekuma South sub-metro noted that the training will add a lot to his skills in order to push up his job and offer training to the youth who will show interest in the trade area. Also, Mr. Abdul Rahman Kassim, a beneficiary from the Ayawaso East sub-metro thanked the EU and Christian Aid for the project and stated that the training will help equip him with the required skills to improve his work and also train others.
The GEOP Project, which is jointly funded by the European Union and the Christian Aid, is a three-year project aimed at promoting local economic development in a sustainable environment across Western and Greater Accra Regions in Ghana. The specific objective of the project is to foster strong civil society and local authority partnership to promote local job creation, revenue mobilisation and expansion of economic activities in an environmentally sustainable manner in Ellembelle District, Western Region and Ayawaso East and Ablekuma South sub-metros in AMA by the end of 2019.