|Newmont Empowers Ahafo Youth Leaders|
|Friday, 29 June 2012 15:47|
Over 50 youth drawn from the various Youth Associations in the Ahafo area have benefited from a leadership, entrepreneurship and skill development training.
The 2-day workshop held in Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo region was sponsored by Newmont Ghana Gold Limited - Ahafo Mine, in collaboration with Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a non-governmental youth development organisation.
The programme was tailored to meet specific leadership needs of the youth. They were taken through topics such as; Setting the Pace, Leadership Phenomenon and Key Elements, Youth and Governance Facets, Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution and Dialogue.
Participants were from the Kenyasi No 1&2, Ntotroso, Gyedu, Wamahinso, Yamfo, Susuanso, Afirisipakrom, Terchire and Adrobaa communities.
Participants were also introduced to practical employable skills which included; the production or assembling of gas operated Pop-corn machine, Electronic billboard, conversion of ‘Chalewatey’ (Flip-flop) into a casual Footwear and the demonstration of how to tie ‘Gele’ scarf (A traditional Nigerian headgear).
The second phase of the workshop, scheduled for September is to build the capacity of the Youth Associations on how to source for funds to run their chosen projects in the communities.
The Acting Community Relations Manager of Newmont Ahafo Mine, Charles Kwame Yeboah said, “It’s Newmont’s commitment to develop our people in pursuit of excellence”.
He reiterated the company’s commitment to partner Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and institutions of learning to provide capacity building opportunities for its host communities.
Mr Yeboah encouraged the participants to put the skills acquired from the workshop into profitable ventures so it could benefit their communities and the nation as a whole.
Seth Oteng, Executive Director, Youth Bridge Foundation, lauded Newmont for the initiative and urged the company to engage the youth in diverse fields of employable skills to ease their employment expectations.
Mr Oteng said the collaboration between Youth Bridge and Newmont is worthwhile and urged other corporate institutions to take a cue from it and train young people in their communities.