About 120 girls in northern Ghana have been trained in motorcycle mechanics and Solar installation as part of strategies to empower them to have gainful employment and curb rural urban migration.

The three-year project dubbed, “Female Motorcycle Mechanics and Solar Technicians (FeMMSTECH)” is being implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in the then Northern Region, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

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The GIZ is a German development agency working in the developing countries with the aim of helping women to increase their employment prospects to enable them undertake self-oriented businesses and create jobs.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, Mr Doku Kubatey, the Director, Cleanlight Ghana, GIZ, indicated that, after acquiring knowledge in the technical and vocational skills in motorcycle mechanics and solar techniques, which ran from 2016 to 2019, the young women would also learn some basic skills on how to run their businesses.

As a result, a second phase of the project which is about entrepreneurship training and development had just begun and it was to upgrade the girls’ knowledge on the skills they had acquired so far, on how to start and keep a business and manage customer relations.

He said the youth within ages of 18 to 25 years migrated to the south in search of non-existent jobs, hence the need for the training to enable them stay in their respective communities and establish their own source of income.

“The overall objective of the project is to increase employability of females in Northern Ghana by equipping young women with technical skills that will allow them to succeed in the fast-growing markets of two-wheeled vehicles and photovoltaic.

“The first market is that of photovoltaic appliances, which are used to generate electric power from the sun. The vast majority of Ghana’s rural population has no access to the national electricity grid, and the country’s government has been heavily investing in solar photovoltaic appliances and other renewable energy sources to serve as alternatives.

“When solar lanterns are installed in rural communities, women can make use of electrical appliances and have more access to light, therefore, they can spend less time on house chores and devote more time to education,” he added.

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