Koforidua (E/R), Jan.
12, GNA - FAPIMPA Foundation, a Civil Society Organization (CSO) with focus on
empowering communities through leadership, charity work and skills training,
has launched one of its priority programs, the ‘’Zongo Boot Camp’’ at
The ’Zongo Boot Camp’
seeks to give individuals intensive skills training on software and hardware
training in digital literacy, which includes social media skills and email
management, Microsoft IC3, a certified programme by Microsoft as well as
introduction to cyber security.
courses are mobile phone repairs, food preparation and preservation, mushroom
cropping and beads making.
The training is in
partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development of
the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) and organizations such as eCampus.
The Zongo Boot camp
is targeted at training close to 80 people from the ages of 14 years from
selected Zongo communities in a district or municipality.
The ’Boot camp’
concept is a 22 month project and has been designed to suit students,
professionals, religious bodies and the Zongo communities.
It consists of series
of integrated knowledge and skills training workshops and seminars aligned to
promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
gathering which was attended by the Eastern Regional Chief Imam, chiefs in the
zongo community and opinion leaders, as well as parents and students, Mr Isaac
Apaw-Gyasi, New Juaben South Municipal Chief Executive, said one of his prime
focus is education.
He said this has
necessitated his outfit to partner a private agency to organize classes for the
green and gold track students under the Free Senior High School in the
He said the assembly
is putting together a sponsorship scheme for 20 brilliant but needy tertiary
students in the municipality, out of which five students will be selected from
the Zongo community.
Mr Apaw-Gyasi said
the government’s Zongo Development Fund (ZDF) which has gained parliamentary
approval is also geared to speed up development of the Zongo communities in the
He said to achieve
the Goal four of the Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG’s) it required the
contribution of all relevant stakeholders.
Ms Mariam Mansa, the
Acting Eastern Regional Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA), said
every young person in the society needed to be empowered to build his or her
capacity to discover wealth-creating opportunities irrespective of their
She urged all
stakeholders in youth development to play their role in ensuring that the young
ones can realize their aspirations for greater success and prosperity.
Mr W.H Kobina
Adomadzi Longdon, the Executive Coordinator of FAPIMPA Foundation, expressed
optimism that the ’Boot Camp’ concept would yield the desired results.
He said it’s
FAPIMPA’s conviction that individuals living in today’s technological world
would refresh their minds on some of the changing opportunities that modern
information through technology provide for personal and professional profiting.
He said the ‘boot
camp’ is targeting 100 religious’ organizations, 100 professional groups,
agencies, coalitions, 100 schools and colleges, 100 zongo communities, 100
youth groups and 1000 youths across 10 Municipals and Districts in the Eastern
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