By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bolgatanga, Dec. 29, GNA – Afrikids Ghana, a Child Rights Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), has supported 10 street children who have been enrolled onto vocational and technical training programmes.
The NGO also gave the children some working equipment to boost their skills training.
The beneficiaries included those undergoing various apprenticeships in weaving, dress making, satellite installation, crafts and leather works in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region.
The project, which is being sponsored by the EMpower, a United Kingdom based Charity Organisation, is under the theme; “School of Night Rabbits,” a project under the child protection component of Afrikids Ghana progammes.
The “School of Night Rabbits” offers opportunities for the street children to learn numeracy, English Language, vocational and technical skills as well as receive counseling and medical screening.
The project had, over the years, trained and mainstreamed a number of vulnerable street children into formal education.
Earlier this year, it mainstreamed 98 of such children who have undergone a nine month intensive complementary training into formal schools.
Mr Raymond Ayinne, the External Affairs Manager of Afrikids Ghana, said the project aims at taking street children off the street and sending them back to their families.
It also aims to provide opportunity for them to be educated or learn an apprenticeship to enable them to live normal and dignified lives.
Mr Ayinne said: “The whole idea is that they can be gainfully employed, and independently support themselves and their families.”
He indicated that apart from the school supplies that Afrikids provides the children, it further undertakes routine monitoring to ascertain challenges confronting them and provides interventions to those challenges.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the equipment purposefully to achieve the objective to which they were provided and take their studies seriously and impart the knowledge to other children.
The parents, master trainers and the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to Afrikids Ghana and its partners for the support, which had over years enabled many street children to gain respect and live dignified lives.
Ms Mary Ayinne, a beneficiary, said the support was a big relief as many had no such equipment and had to pair with their colleagues, which made learning ineffective.
Madam Talata Apasnaba, a parent, explained that due to poverty parents found it difficult to procure those working tools for their children and commended the NGO for the support.
She assured the Management of Afrikids Ghana and its sponsors that as parents they would ensure that the tools were periodically maintained and put to good use to derive the maximum benefits.