Over 400 Ghanaian youth have been empowered with digital entrepreneurship ideas and skills that will help them create jobs for themselves and develop careers in the ICTs sector.
The participants who were drawn from the Greater Accra, Upper West and Western Regions received training on various topics including career opportunities in the ICTs sector, how to start-up an ICT business and also, how to develop business proposals and access start-up capitals at training workshops organised under the ICT Coaching and Mentoring Fair events.
The ICT Coaching and Mentoring Fairs were organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), in partnership with UK-based Global Partners Digital (GPD) and MTN Ghana under the MFWA’s Internet Freedom Programme from September to October 2015.
Some of the participants shared their impressions about the programme:
Rexford Panful, a participant at the Takoradi workshop said, “This has been my best mentoring session ever. It’s been a wonderful seminar. Thanks and keep it up.”
“I’m going to collaborate with like-minded colleagues to start right away. It is a good programme and it should be replicated” Nurideen Musah, a participant at the Wa workshop indicated.
“About to start blogging …. In fact, this programme is an eye-opener; it must be conducted every two months. And I recommend that it should be held in schools, churches and youth organisations everywhere to empower we the youth,” Priscilla A. Apadu, a participant at the Accra workshop said.
The ICT Coaching and Mentoring Fairs form part of the MFWA’s Digital Youth Empowerment Project which is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the youth in internet freedom issues and Internet Governance processes. It also seeks to motivate, network, mentor and provide a platform for the youth to take advantage of the growing ICTs sector to empower themselves economically.