Solar Energy

Nene Out Teye, Chief of Sebrepor with Madam Juliana Nkrumah commissioning the centre


THE CONTROLLER of Apprenticeship of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Madam Juliana Nkrumah, has stated that the high rate of unemployment among the youth in Ghana could be traced to the defects in the educational system.

She explained, ?The high rate of unemployment which is becoming very much entrenched is as a result of the youth not receiving the right kind of education that would adequately prepare them for the future.?

According to her, the educational system in Ghana should be structured to correspond directly to the economic realities prevailing outside the schools system in order to make room for professional training.

Madam Nkrumah made the statement during the launching ceremony of the Gyeyen Solar Training Centre (GSTC) at New Sebrepor in the Kpone-Katamanso District of Accra, which was under the theme: ?Together We Develop A Power Plan for Ghana and Youth Empowerment?.

The GSTC, a non-governmental organisation, has been working on projects for young Ghanaians since 2010 in collaboration with Academy of Solar Power Education in Germany, and registered under the Department of Social Welfare to usher people into the world of work and, thus, offer them hope into the future.

She continued that vocational training education ?is a very costly venture which calls for the needed assistance from all stakeholders as well as the government.?

The Controller of Apprenticeship advised all vocational institutes in the country to put in strategies to generate additional incomes to sustain their work, adding, ?We of the NVTI will do our best within our constraints to assist some of these institutes which are doing good job.?

Madam Nkrumah was optimistic that solar energy would to a large extent complement the existing power being generated in the country.

NVTI is a government agency mandated to oversee vocational training in the country with the responsibility of ensuring many of the youth in the country were empowered with skills.

Earlier in his address, Mr Daniel Kono, Project Manager of GSTC called on government to adopt renewable energy as a way of diversifying the country?s energy mix and also reducing the reliance on hydro power in the provision of power.

This, he said, would go a long way to create employment for many Ghanaians to ease the unemployment situation in the country.

According to him, although photovoltaic (PV) solar systems could generate the country?s energy needs, the best-fit solution to improve the country?s energy supply situation was the hybrid and off-grid solar systems that could be linked to rural communities since ?solar education creates income and an independent, cost effective power supply.?

Christiane Strecker, Director of Gyeyen in an interview with DAILY GUIIDE called on government to adopt dualistic education system where theory could be blended with practicals on apprentice basis. She added that ?unemployment in Africa among the youth is due to lack of vocational guidance and training facilities.?

From Vincent Kubi, New Sebrepor


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