The Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA) has aimed to train about two hundred (200) people in the Bono Region through its Integrated Sewing Project.
Mr Atta Akoto Snr, the President of the Association announced this during the inauguration of the SYDA Integrated Sewing Project on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, in Sunyani.
Currently, the SYDA President revealed forty (40) people have been enrolled following the inception of the project.
“This Integrated Sewing Project seeks to within 3 years, train two hundred (200) people comprising 70% females and 30% males with an expected 10% of them being people living with disabilities.
“Currently, since the inception of the project, we have enrolled over 40 people under the integrated sewing project. At the moment about 70% of our female trainees are single parents within the ages 18 – 24,” he stated.
Mr Akoto explained that the SYDA Integrated Sewing Project involves creating of fabric, using it to sew dresses, designing beads as accessories and creating a point of sales shop for the products.
Furthermore, the SYDA Youth Empowerment Training Centre, which seeks to give skill training to the youths in 14 disciplines have about forty-two trainees as at now.
These trainees are being trained in auto mechanics, welding, carpentry, hair dressing, makeup artistry, sewing, bead weaving, smock sewing, kente weaving, visual arts, draftsman ship, soap making, pastries and cake decoration.
Mr Atta Akoto pleaded to the public, benevolent individuals and corporate entities to support them to make their dream of training more young people and others come to reality.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Madam Justina Owusu Banahene in her address advised the trainees to eschew laziness and work hard towards the reason why they joined the Sunyani Youth Development Association Integrated Sewing Project.
She also counselled them to exhibit respect towards their trainers and colleagues.
The SYDA Integrated Sewing Project saw the light of the day through support from the Australian High Commission.
Officials of the Association were very appreciative to H.E Andrews Barnes (immediate past Australian High Commissioner to Ghana), Jennifer Burckson, the current Australian High Commissioner, H.E Gregory Andrews, the CEO of Suncity Radio, Mr Ransford Antwi and others for their immense contributions toward the project.