The Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA) has donated a sewing machine to the Methodist Technical and Vocational Institute at Baakoniaba in the Sunyani Municipality.
The sewing machine was to support a student of the Institute, Blessing Adoko, who was a trainee of SYDA for her practicals in the fashion program.
Mrs Monica Oforiwaa Asiedu, Vice Principal in charge of Administration, who spoke on behalf of the Institute after the short presentation expressed gratitude to SYDA for the support.
She said the Institute does sewing, auto mechanic, welding and fabrication, wood technology, hospitality and catering, electronics, building and construction technology and other technical training courses.
Mrs Asiedu bemoaned the fashion department has more than 180 students with only two teachers and inadequate sewing machines and needed at least four teachers and more machines for the students’ practicals.
Mrs Aseidu added that SYDA’s support “is motivational to the Institute and the beneficiary students” and therefore appealed for more.
She expressed the Institute’s willingness to partner with SYDA to continue and improve practical training for the students during vacation.
Mrs Asiedu pleaded with the Ghana Education Service to make provision for equipment to make the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) very effective.
Madam Gloria Appaw, head of the sewing and fashion department told this reporter that sewing machines were “the biggest challenge facing the department because during practicals, some of the students have to wait for others to finish before they can also do something and that is not helping them.”
Mr Atta Akoto Senior, President of SYDA stated that the support and other efforts of the Association was to complement the government’s geared TVET education for accelerated national growth.
The principal beneficiary, Adoko, thanked the Association and pleaded with philanthropists and donors to support them to make the TVET education enjoyable.