The Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA), has launched the second phase of its integrated skill project.
It took place at the Bono Regional capital, Sunyani, on Thursday, September 28, 2023.
Speaking at the event covered by Newshuntermag.com, the President of SYDA, Mr Atta Akoto Senior, was thankful to everyone for their support, input and kind-heartedness toward youth development.
Giving details about the project, he said: “This project was birthed after few years of embarking on youth and community development advocacy. Having penetrated the community with our advocacies we realised that it was enough to just talk but also in a way embark on a project that would make the youth, particularly the unemployed ones, self-sufficient. This was discussed through, the Sunyani Traditional Council threw in their support and this is how far we have come.
Areas of training under the SYDA Integrated Skill Project are; Kente weaving, smock sewing, fashion, cosmetology, bicycle repairs, auto-mechanics, bead craft, hair dressing (cream), hair dressing (braid), aluminium fabrication, solar energy technology, wood technology (carpentry) and visual arts.”
The SYDA President also opened up about the SYDA Hub, explaining: “SYDA hub is a hub system which looks beyond elitism but rather seeks to create concepts and support for apprentices to unearth innovation and creativity that are capable of solving our problems and also sustain entrepreneurship development.”
He added: “SYDA Hub will before close of this year launch its GREEN SOLUTION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVLOPMENT PROJECT. This project looks at creating awareness about the need to think of green energy as a solution to sustain entrepreneurship development.
Electricity cost if unchecked can erode all gains of young entrepreneurs that is why SYDA Hub is looking forward to exploring the possibilities of using green energy as entrepreneurship development solution. We look forward to partnering the European Union, GIZ and other development partners.”
Mr Atta Akoto further expressed his gratitude to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) and Former Ambassador George Kumi.
“We are most thankful to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) for their monumental support of over GHc140, 000.00 which has been used to acquire equipment and tools to enhance out training.
We cannot thank you enough. To H.E Ambassador George Kumi who is a member of the GIIF Board, we are thankful to you for making prioritising youth development in your endeavours. We cannot thank you enough.”
Hon. Ansu Kumi, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Sunyani, who represented the Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene, reiterated the support that they are ready to offer.
Addinationally, he called on residents to direct potential traineers to SYDA-so that they can benefit from the project.