Empowering Young People for the African Renaissance
  • Call Us +233 (0) 302 224 700
YMCA - Empowering young people for the African Renaissance.

Posts

50 years of championing youth transformation

AN international business consultant, Mr. Sitso Kwame Asaase has said technical education should not be considered reserved for second class students. The sector, he said, had been the pivot of development to many countries and it was time Ghana paid much attention to it to speed up its developmental growth.

Mr. Asaase was speaking at the celebration of the golden jubilee of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Technical Training Centre in Accra on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016 on the theme ‘Fifty years of championing youth transformation’. He said a number of countries including Germany, Dubai among others placed much emphasis on technical education, saying that had contributed immensely to their transformation. Mr. Asaase said the difference between developed and developed countries was the value and the approach they attached to vocational and technical education noting ‘if graduates can still contact wayside mechanics to have their vehicles repaired shows how viable technical education is to the society’. He deplored the spate of politicisation in the country saying it was a threat to both human and national development.

The National Chairman of YMCA, Mr. Reynolds Kissiedu said the economic competitiveness of a country depends on the skills of its workforce, saying the skills and competencies of the workforce, in turn, were dependent upon the quality of the country’s education and training system with one of the best systems being technical education. ‘Technical education is perceived as one of the best educational systems that equips an individual with the needed skills and technical know-how for accelerated social and economic growth and development’, he said.

The Technical Center, he said, was established in 1966 with the support from the EZE Protestant Agency for Development in Germany to help complement the effort of the government in the provision of basic technical training programmes to young people. Since its establishment, he said, the institute had responded to the problem of youth unemployment and its attendant social vices by providing skills training to boys and girls who passed through technical and vocational school systems.

The Vice Principal of the Center, Mr. Leonard Segbedzi said the center was established solely to train the needy or deprived youth in the society who had the ability to learn but lacked the financial support to further their education after completing their middle school education. Initially, he said, it was only carpentry, joinery and building construction that it offered but with the advent of technology, programmes such as electrical installation, and architecture draftsmanship vis-à-vis its upgrading which had added value to enrollment. The center, he said, undertook a number of developmental projects in the country such as the National lotteries, bricks fence wall, the Electricity Company of Ghana office at Ada Foah among others. He mentioned lack of training facilities for teachers, equipment and capacity training as some of the challenges confronting the center. The Executive Director of YMCA, Mr. Kwabena Nketia said as part of its mandate to assist in the development of the youth it saw its intervention in the area of technical education very much in sync with its vision of ‘empowering the youth in Ghana for the African renaissance’, which sought to make them become valuable and effective citizens.

He said thousands of youth have benefited from programmes offered at the centre to make them positive and responsible leaders and contribute their quota to the nation.
‘These trained youth are engaged in various job activities in our communities, country and the world at large’, saying it want Ghana where young people were able to create jobs for their own. The school prefect, Master George Campbell Arthur, was grateful for management, saying they believe education could make their lives better and empower young people and transform their lives and country.

‘It is for this reason that we must insists on quality technical education in our nation’.
He appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the center to address some of the numerous challenges such as inadequate facilities, lack of working library and insufficient computers among others. An old student, Mr. Daniel Amaadi Agyare said the world required youth who were well equipped technically to bring meaningful transformation to their communities and the nation. The centre over the years, he said, served as platform to train and equip young people to bring meaningful transformation to their lives. He expressed concern about the stigmatisation of technical and vocational education in the country to be a place for school dropouts who cannot make positive impact to society. Present at the celebration were 40 partners of CVJM Westbund which partnered Ghana YMCA in developing the TTC. They made a donation of a number of hand tools for the use by the students of the Center.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffor

27 Comments :

  1. samuelokai54@gmail.com September 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Dear Mr. Segbedz,

    Hope you are doing fine, well done to hold the position as an Assistant Principal, of a Training Center, which use to be among the best technical, educational institutions in Ghana if I am correct between 1966 to 1976.

    The article below states that :

    “The Vice Principal of the Center, Mr. Leonard Segbedzi said the center was established solely to train the needy or deprived youth in the society who had the ability to learn but lacked the financial support to further their education after completing their middle school education. Initially, he said, it was only carpentry, joinery and building construction that it offered ”
    Source:
    https://ymcaghana.org/en/2017/08/24/50-years-of-championing-youth-transformatio/

    The students then paid 24 Ghana Cedis in between 1966 to 1975 and work 2 days in the week, during that time to construct the production workshop and also worked outside to make money for the center. (as a student then) those students were not needy or deprived youth.
    Government Secondary and Technical Schools paid fee of 46 cedi
    How do you expect past students to come back and help the institution we such statements is made to the public in this Information Age.

    Initially it was carpentry and joinery and masonry that was offered not building construction sir.

  2. Ettie Kopf March 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Donella Aynes April 8, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Hey there I am so happy I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while I was looking on Bing for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a incredible post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

  4. minecraft April 11, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Greetings, I believe your blog could be having web browser compatibility
    problems. Whenever I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine
    however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s
    got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
    Apart from that, wonderful blog!

  5. minecraft April 11, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I visited multiple websites however the audio quality for audio songs current at this web page is genuinely marvelous.

  6. tinyurl.com April 12, 2019 at 11:46 am

    This site truly has all of the info I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who
    to ask.

  7. minecraft April 16, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Greetings! Quick question that’s completely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Appreciate it!

  8. tinyurl.com April 17, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    You need to take part in a contest for one of the best sites online.
    I most certainly will recommend this site!

  9. minecraft April 19, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Can I just say what a comfort to uncover someone that genuinely understands what they are talking about on the internet.
    You actually understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.

    More people should check this out and understand this side of the story.
    I can’t believe you’re not more popular because you surely possess the
    gift.

  10. minecraft April 22, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this
    for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience
    with something like this. Please let me know if
    you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading
    your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  11. minecraft April 23, 2019 at 2:58 am

    These are actually impressive ideas in concerning blogging.
    You have touched some nice points here.
    Any way keep up wrinting.

  12. minecraft April 24, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is
    truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll
    be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be
    benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  13. Alma Renova April 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Audio started playing any time I opened this internet site, so frustrating!

  14. gamefly free trial May 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Highly energetic blog, I liked that a lot. Will there
    be a part 2?

  15. gamefly free trial May 3, 2019 at 4:10 am

    I feel this is among the such a lot vital info for me.
    And i’m glad studying your article. However
    wanna statement on some normal things, The web
    site style is perfect, the articles is in point of fact nice : D.

    Good job, cheers

  16. gamefly May 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website,
    how could i subscribe for a blog website? The account
    helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this
    your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  17. gamefly free trial May 5, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Wow, this post is good, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things, thus
    I am going to convey her.

  18. gamefly free trial May 6, 2019 at 8:40 am

    It’s difficult to find experienced people about this topic, however, you sound like you know
    what you’re talking about! Thanks

  19. download minecraft free May 7, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Hello, i feel that i noticed you visited my blog
    thus i came to return the want?.I’m trying to find issues to enhance my site!I suppose its adequate to
    use some of your ideas!!

  20. minecraft download free pc May 8, 2019 at 2:38 am

    These are genuinely wonderful ideas in on the topic
    of blogging. You have touched some fastidious factors here.
    Any way keep up wrinting.

  21. download minecraft pc May 9, 2019 at 4:48 am

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new
    scheme in our community. Your site offered us with valuable
    info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

  22. minecraft download for free May 10, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I’m not sure why but this website is loading extremely slow for me.

    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem
    on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  23. g May 11, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I think this is one of the most significant
    information for me. And i’m glad reading your article.
    But should remark on some general things, The web site style is great, the articles
    is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  24. how to download minecraft May 12, 2019 at 7:23 am

    If you desire to improve your familiarity just keep visiting
    this website and be updated with the hottest gossip posted here.

  25. g May 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Link exchange is nothing else but it is simply placing
    the other person’s website link on your page at proper place and other person will also do similar for you.

  26. g May 13, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with
    SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m
    not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please
    share. Thanks!

  27. g May 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Aw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a
    top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

Leave a Reply :

* Your email address will not be published.