posted on 12th July, 2017
Youth at training session in Accra (Photo Courtesy Fact Ghana)
A local Ghanaian non-profit, FACT Ghana organized capacity building training to introduced youth to Website Development and Management as part of effort to cut down youth unemployment in Ghana. Youth are often jobless after university education and as a result FACT Ghana offered the opportunity to some youth to up-skill in web development to serve as a career skills whiles waiting for emerging job opportunities after school.
The goal of this innovative training programme is to provide youth with the opportunity to gain some knowledge in website development in other to support them in their wait at home for a paid employment job. The training module would also go a long way to meet the challenges of lack of adequate skilled training in the country and Africa as a whole. Most often in Ghana, unemployed youth have some form of formal education but lacks relevant career skills to work for themselves whiles waiting for any white-colour jobs.
FACT Ghana introduced youth to the basics of web design, techniques, html, online search and search engines, what makes a good website including setting up domain name system (DNS) and hosting, installations using themes and templates, creating pages and posts, among other fundamentals. The intensive training help build capacity of youth by given them career training to help them setup and do their private works instead of seating at home without job after school.
The organization's vision combines mission is to as much as possible empower people with career development skills through active training to enable them be self dependant.
The web development training helps the youth to understand how to recognize the need of creating employment for them instead of relying on company for employment opportunities which in most cases, is like a mirage.
FACT Ghana has structured programmes that will see youth trained on subjects ranging from content creation, digital strategy, web design, social media and new media which is aimed to help people develop their skills to build businesses, create jobs and contribute to economic growth.
“The internet has come to stay and comes with much potentials for development and economic growth not only the privileged to people in abroad, but also to young and old people in Ghana and Africa” said Executive Director of FACT Ghana.
Photo of some of the participants at the training
The internet penetration in Ghana and Africa as a whole is growing at a very fast pace— to an expected 490M users by 2020 — but digital skills adoption has been slow across board. As a result youth unemployment rates are high across the regions of Africa, notably with 48% in Ghana, 35% in South Africa, 17% in Kenya, 13% in Nigeria. This presents great opportunities for African businesses and youth into digital entrepreneurship to create new job opportunities for young people towards Africa’s transformative growth and development.
The youth who expressed appreciation to FACT Ghana for the effort, were able to setup and develop their very first web page and were full of hope to further use the skills to make a living. The capacity development training presents historical background to the internet and website with focus on standards in website development for different class of people.
FACT Ghana experienced trainers mentioned that “we are looking forward to training not only youth but women and girls by providing them with the confidence, cutting-edge skills and work experience that will really put them ahead of the pack in potential employer’s eyes.” We have open program for all age group and anyone who is ready to acquire such skills to improve life and make a living can contact us for details.
For more FACT Ghana training programs or interested in supporting us to train many people, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (+233) 267 956 600 or visit our page Twitter page: www.twitter.com/FactGhana or Faccebook