ICT Education Outreach - Osu
Osu is a traditional Ga settlement in Accra (Ghana), located at the central business district of Accra. The area is known for its busy commercial district, restaurants and nightlife. However, behind the glitz is a fishing community with many people living in poor conditions and a youth population facing high levels of unemployment mainly due to lack of adequate skills and training.
In 2016, the Baobab Academy carried out an extensive fact-finding mission among the youth in the community. It emerged that large numbers of young persons (between18-30) have dropped out of school due financial constraints. The Academy, with the assistance of the Osu Klotey Sub-Metropolitan Authority, in September 2016 decided to roll out an ICT training course in response to the interests expressed by the youth.
On 23rd September, 2016, the ICT educational outreach was officially launched with the Sub-Metro Director, the Local Assembly man, Representatives of Youth Association in Osu, a representative of the member of parliament for the Osu Klotey constituency, the President and Staff of Amicus Onlus.
The ICT training run for a period of one year with where stakeholders learned Microsoft Office Suite, Web development, Hardware, Networking and Graphics. The MS Office Suite was made compulsory to all who enrolled, after which they were able to select a specialization of their interest. The Academy run a counselling session and also intervened in areas they face challenges with especially with learning. As part of our intervention activities, an English Language training course was introduced for those who could not read and write well.
During the year, resource persons and mentors were invited to interact with the students in order to motivate them and also to equip them with the necessary skills and tools for the job market.
From frequent monitoring and evaluation activities after the intervention, it came out that, out of Eighty-Six (86) beneficiaries trained, twenty (45) have continued to senior high and tertiary institutions, thirty (30) are currently working, whiles about five (5) have relocated but are engaged in different business activities.