Koforidua, Feb. 10, GNA – Plan Ghana, an International Child Centered Community Development, in collaboration with GRATIS Foundation, is to establish a technical training centre for automobile training in Koforidua to equip at least 300 youth with employable skills.
The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Hyundai Motor Company are funding the project.
Mr Prem Shukla, the Country Director of Plan Ghana, and Mr Kyun Jea-Min, the Korean Ambassador, jointly broke the ground for commencement of work on the $700,000 facility.
The centre would facilitate skills acquisition, capacity building among the youth for self reliance and reduction of unemployment.
Mr Shukla indicated that the project would help reduce the rate of unemployment among the youth, especially those turned out from the tertiary institutions.
He said Plan Ghana attached importance to skills acquisition, hence allocating a high proportion of funds to vocational and technical education.
Mr Shukla said Plan Ghana was aware of the challenges that the education sector faced in terms of high school drop-out rate, poor school achievement and poor transition from one level of the academic ladder to the other.
He said Plan Ghana had awarded scholarships to over 5,000 needy but brilliant youth to access Senior High School, Vocational and tertiary institutions since 1992.
Mr Shukla said for the next five years, Plan Ghana’s education programmes would support the government to increase access to quality education with emphasis on completion and school achievement.
The Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Kyun Jea-Min, said Korea deemed it fit to support the development agenda of the Ghanaian economy and would continue to look for avenues to ensure that the youth had employment to contribute meaningfully to national development.