The Tamale Film and Television Academy (TAFTA) in the Northern region has secured a partnership slot with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to train some selected youth in the Tamale Metropolis in Media and Television Production as part of the Youth-Led Initiatives for Employment (YOUTH LIFE 2.0) programme.
YOUTH LIFE 2.0 is a programme engineered to facilitate an enabling environment, technical know-how, and life skills development to connect vulnerable youth in the Tamale Metropolis to a sustained income stream while seeking to address youth disenfranchisement linked to unemployment.
By the end of the six months project period, an estimated two hundred and fifty (250) vulnerable youth of both sexes will have successfully undergone selected vocational skills training to launch their own businesses or obtain employment in the informal sector.
They include head porters, senior high school dropouts, single mothers, and youth from underprivileged homes.
Over two hundred and seventy (270) youth already in vocational skills training in the Tamale Metropolis will also be provided with professional skills development training.
Speaking to ZAMI Reports, the Chief Executive Officer of TAFTA, Alhassan Abdul Washeed called on the youth in the metropolis to take advantage of the opportunity to pursue a career while commending the Catholic Relief Services for such an initiative.
“We all know the challenge of youth unemployment in the Northern region and since I started TAFTA, I have met a couple of the youth who really wanted to learn but could not afford the fees even-though it is not expensive. This forced me to actually reduce the fees charged in several instances to get these youth engaged so an initiative such as this is commendable”, Abdul Washeed said.
Catholic Relief Service’s Gariba Baba Kankani said “the programme will foster an enabling environment for the youth in the Tamale Metropolis to gain meaningful vocational and employable skills to prevent them from being used by others to cause trouble”.
Ganiwu Alhassan of the Youth Employment for Life, a partner to the initiative told ZAMI Reports “the Youth Life 2.0 is a sequel to last year’s event which will offer beneficiaries some amount of seed capital after undergoing the various training to enable them set up their businesses”.
Some seventeen service providers in various skills have been engaged by CRS including shea butter processing, hair dressing, bead making, and welding and fabrication.
It is anticipated that in 2022, the programme will scale up to include other urban centres in Northern Ghana.