YIEDIE Big Events Kick Off

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Over the weekend, the YIEDIE Teams in Tema and Ashaiman organised the first in a series of YIEDIE Big Events. The YIEDIE Big Events are outreach campaigns organised to spread the reach of the 5-year project and boost the number of young people recruited to benefit from YIEDIE.

YIEDIE is a 5-year project that aims at equipping young people between 17 and 24 years with entrepreneurial and technical skills in the construction sector. The project is being implemented in Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi, Tema, and Ashaiman, with implementation in Kumasi currently at its early stages. The project has two cohorts: the technical construction skills training and the soft skills training. Eligible young people interested in acquiring construction technical skills are assigned to master craftsmen to be trained over a six month period, courtesy OIC-Ghana, a member of the YIEDIE Consortium. Alternatively, young people interested in setting up construction related businesses take the soft skills training, comprising modules in entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy and life skills and work readiness.

The first in the series saw some sporting and entertainment activities combined with YIEDIE sensitization and recruitment of eligible young people. The events, organised concurrently in Tema and Ashaiman, had on the bill football matches, lime and spoon, sack race, musical chairs, eating and dancing competitions, as well as some sketches on the need for young people to acquire employable skills at this crucial stage of their lives. Competitors were mainly drawn from the project’s beneficiary communities. Current YIEDIE trainees in the Tema and Ashaiman concluded the list of competitors for the day. Winners for the different disciplines were given prizes.

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Some competitors in the female lime and spoon race

The outdoor event provided an opportunity for the YIEDIE Teams in the two locations to interact with community members on the good news of YIEDIE and why they (community members) must enrol for the free YIEDIE training. It was therefore not surprising that a significant number of young people were registered and enrolled onto the project, hoping to commence their soft or technical skills training in the coming week.   dscn8598

Some young people being briefed on YIEDIE before screening

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Nii Amui and Nii Doku football teams exchange pleasantries before kick-off

The Big Events, an initiative of Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), is expected to hit the five project locations on a weekly rotation basis. Watch out for the YIEDIE Big Event Train in your community!