Gender responsive project holds training in 59 communities
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), through the Gender Responsive Skills and Community Development Project (GRSCDP), has ended regional campaigns and training workshops for 59 project beneficiary district assemblies across the country.
The workshops were aimed at building the capacities of the district gender desk and social welfare and community development officers to sensitise members of the communities to the need to train girls in male-dominated skills such as auto vehicle mechanic, plumbing, among others.
Among those trained were also representatives from non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and civil society organisations and Chairpersons of the Social Services Subcommittees in the beneficiary districts and instructors from the Community Development Vocational/Technical Institutes (CDVTIs), who were trained to embark on sensitisation at the house-to-house level.
According to a Gender Expert Planner, Ms Vera Bediako, the overall goal of the GRSCDP was to contribute to gender-equitable socio-economic development of the country.
The project, she said, was also aimed at improving access to quality skills training for gainful employment and entrepreneurship for women.
She said the intervention would ensure that the general public was sensitised to the need to encourage girls to move into technical trades such as Electrical Installation, Auto Vehicle Mechanic, Carpentry and Plumbing, among others, that were dominated by their male counterparts.
The GRSCDP, she said, had therefore embarked on a massive campaign to sensitise, promote and increase girls’ enrolment into the non-traditional professional trades in the Community Development Vocational/Technical Institutes (CDVTIs) established in all the 10 regions, as well as other identified technical training institutions in the country.
According to Ms Bediako, the ultimate goal of the campaign was to encourage more girls to be trained in male-dominated trades, which have high prospects for career advancement and better income.
She said as part of the training, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as flyers, posters, banners, branded pens, folders, notepads, and T-shirts had been developed and distributed for sensitisation campaigns across the country.
Also, she said radio and television adverts would be run for public education on the need for girls to venture into such trades.
Ms Bediako added that the vocational/technical institutes would be supported to hold durbars and open days to explain the concept of girls’ enrolment into non-traditional professional trades.
All these, she said, would be done with the view to motivating parents or guardians and community members to encourage young girls to pursue such trades, which she said led to higher income earning and invariably reduced poverty among women.
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