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 the youth with employable skills.

The project is with funding support from KOICA, Korean International Cooperation Agency, and Hyundai Motor Company.

Mr Prem Shukla, the Country Director of Plan Ghana, and Mr Kyun Jea-Min, the Korean Ambassador, jointly broke the grounds for commencement of work on the 700,000 dollar facility.

The centre would facilitate skills acquisition, capacity building among the youth for self reliance and reduction of unemployment.

Mr Shukla said the project would help solve unemployment rate among the youth and that Plan Ghana attaches much importance to skill acquisition, hence allocating a high proportion of funds to vocational and technical education.

He said “today we are here to witness Plan’s commitment to technical and vocational education for the acquisition of practical skills, by facilitating the funding of this HYUNDAI-KOICA-GRATIS Dream Centre from Hyundai Motors Company and KOICA”.

Mr Shukla said Plan Ghana was aware of the challenges that the education sector faces, in terms of high school drop-out rate, poor school achievement and the poor transition from one level of the academic ladder to the other.

He said Plan Ghana’s strong commitment and dedication to youth empowerment and development in the country had cumulatively 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 government to increase access to quality education with emphasis on completion and school achievement.

He indicated that youth empowerment was dear to the heart of Plan adding “That is why Plan has over the years instituted many youth initiatives including the auto mechanic skills training centre in Koforidua”.

The Korean Ambassador on his part said Korea deemed it fit to support the developmental 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.

He said the gesture to train Ghanaian youth in automobile skills to meet the requirements of skill on the world market was as a result of good relationship that existed between the two countries. GNA

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