Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo presenting a certificate to one female graduating students.
First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commended young female students who have decided to acquire skills in electronics, which is perceived as a male dominated field.
Mrs. Akufo Addo said the bold decision by the young females inspired hope for the future and development of the country.
“You understand the importance of electronics in our national development and you do not want to be left out, you ladies give me so much hope for the future,” she said.
The First lady gave this commendation when she addressed young female graduates in electronics, at the Pentecost Vocational Training Institute (PVTI), under the “Female Professionals in Electronics” project.
The project, a joint venture by the governments of Korea and Germany in collaboration with local authorities, provides holistic electronic training for girls, comprising theoretical and intense practical competency-based trainings, with workplace experience.
It aims to equip girls to fully participate in the labour market and be financially independent.
Speaking as the guest of honour, Mrs. Akufo-Addo encouraged the students not to waver in their quest to acquire skills in an area largely dominated by men because of the many positive influences they will have on other women with similar ambitions.
“You have set out on an exciting journey to positively affect our world,” she added.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo commended also the partnership among Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the German Development Agency and their private sector partner Samsung for the project, noting that it will make girls participate “meaningfully in the labour market and make them locally productive and globally competitive. ”
She added that the country is not a passive recipient of the support indicating that government is committed to solve the challenge of unemployment and increase the avenue of female employment and economic wellbeing.
The First Lady said the Council for Technical and Vocational Education is pursuing strategies to provide industries with demand driven skills that are meaningful in the labour market.
“Female full participation in the labour market is of equal importance to government as evident in our national gender policy. “Women as well as men deserve to take up any jobs and to be financially independent,” she added.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri