Rabu, 01 Februari 2012



PLAN Ghana International, in collaboration with GRATIS Foundation and with funding from  KOICA and Hyundai Motor Company has cut the sod for the construction of  a technical training centre for the training of youth in  automobile engineering in Koforidua.

The training centre dubbed “ Hyundai KOICA GRATIS Dream Centre “estimated at US 7,500 dollars is expected to be completed in July, this year.

It will equip at least 300 youth with  skills in auto mechanical engineering.

The Country Director of Plan Ghana International, Mr Prem Shukla in his  speech said, the organisation was committed to youth empowerment  and development in the country  .

“Youth empowerment is very dear to the heart of Plan because they are the main source of human capital and key agents for socio-cultural, economic, and political development  as well as technical innovations worldwide,” he said.

He added that training, development and empowerment of the youth were the key determinants of progress and the future of a society.

He explained that the centre when completed would aid skills acquisition, and capacity building among the youth for self reliance and reduction of unemployment.

“This centre would serve not only the training needs of the region but also the entire country as a whole,” he stressed.

The Eastern Regional Minister,Dr Kwasi  Apea-Kubi at the ceremony said , technical education was rapidly becoming the pivot for development 

He added that it was important for Ghanaians  focus on the development  of technically competent workers.

He explained that the perception  that  technical and vocational skills  were for the less brilliant children in society was an issue  that needed urgent correction  for the development of the country.

Dr Kubi was optimistic that the centre when completed would  provide employment for most of the youth in the region.

He also pledged the government’s support  to the private sector and non governmental organisations  to expand technical and vocational schools in the country.

The  Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea, Mr Kyun Jea-Min said the construction of the training centre was necessitated by the relationship existing between Ghana and Korea which was fast growing.

He was optimistic that the project would help deepen the relationship between the two countries and also open doors to complement the governments efforts of solving the problem of unemployment in the country.

In a speech read on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of  GRATIS Foundation, Mr Emmanuel Aseidu,  he said the training programme would involve metal machinery, welding, fabrication and wood processing with  senior secondary school and technical school graduates as the target .

He however urged the youth in the region to enrol in the training programme to  equip themselves to meet the high demand for  mechanical engineers in the country.

He also pledged to take good care of the facility upon completion  for the benefit of all who would  gain admission at the centre.

Picture: From (extreme left) is the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea, Mr Kyun Jea-Min, the Regional Headquarters representative of Hyundai Motor Company,Mr Kim So Young, the Eastern Regional Minister, Dr Kwasi  Apea-Kubi, and extreme right is the Country Director of Plan Ghana International, Mr Prem Shukla and some dignitaries at the sod cutting ceremony of Hyundai KOICA GRATIS Dream Centre in Koforidua.


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