UK charity supports youth development

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A charity in the United Kingdom (UK) which seeks to support youth employment, education and entrepreneurship, says it is working to expand its programs to benefit more people young people in the country.

The Prince’s Trust International, founded by the Prince of Wales, which helps tackle the global crisis, including youth unemployment, has already supported 1,500 young citizens on pilot bases since 2019.

Globally, it has supported 45,000 people through its interventions in 17 Commonwealth countries and beyond.

Working with local organizations, the Prince’s Trust International empowers young people to develop their skills through educational and entrepreneurial programs.

In Ghana, the organization has partnered with Junior Achievement, Youth Opportunity and Transformation Africa and Environment360, with funds provided by Fidelity Bank and Bank of America to carry out programs.

Launch

Speaking at the charity’s launch in Accra last Wednesday, British High Commissioner to Ghana Harriet Thompson said the determination and energy of the people was inspirational.

“The UK and Ghana are doing a lot together to help young people find jobs or learn entrepreneurial skills. I look forward to continuing this work.

“I am delighted that organizations like Prince’s Trust International and their local partners are providing opportunities for young people, especially in developing sectors such as the green economy,” she added.

Prince’s Trust International chief executive, Will Straw, said the organization was delighted to scale up its work with partners in Ghana in creating opportunities that would prepare young people for labor markets, especially green jobs and businesses. and durable.

“As we expand our work here and around the world, we are looking for partners who are willing to invest in future digital and green economy-focused skills programs to prepare young people for the world of work,” he said. -he adds.

Mr Straw added that to succeed in an increasingly difficult world, young people needed to be more enterprising than ever and “our work gives them the tools to achieve their ambitions”.

For his part, Fidelity Bank Chief Executive Julian Opuni said the bank was privileged to be part of the initiative to create job opportunities for young people, among other goals.

Eleven young people were celebrated for their innovations and achievements.

The regional winners for Africa of the Prince’s Trust International Group Sustainability Award went to a group of four – Prince Amofah Mingle, Gifty Opuni, Jessica Sarpong and Christabel Ayitey, for their innovation of recycling coconut shells into various products, including necklaces, earrings, storage bowls and soap dishes.

Two other young people – Lydia Gyasi and Yahaya Seidu, received the Inspiration Award – Get into Green Economy Programme; Queen Jenzer Dyson was offered the Inspiration Award – Vibe Check WhatsApp program, while Sarah Aziz Nartey and Nuel Fiakpornu received the Inspiration Award – Skills for School program.

The Inspiration Awards for Teachers went to Enoch Okantey Mensah and Juliet Abudu Sala, also for their innovation in recycling coconut shells into various products including necklaces, earrings, storage bowls and soap dishes.

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