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Government launches initiative to upskill 5,000 head porters

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The Ghanaian government has unveiled a programme aimed at upskilling 5,000 head porters, known as Kayayei, in a bid to improve their socio-economic prospects.

The Kayayei Empowerment Programme, launched by Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, will provide training in entrepreneurial skills, baking, beading, soap making, and other vocational skills. The initiative is part of the government’s efforts to address poverty and inequality and is funded through a partnership between the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), GEA, CTVET, TVET, Father Campbell Foundation, GetFund, and Common Fund.

The programme will provide participants with decent accommodation and a monthly stipend of GHS 1,000 during their training. Upon completion, they will receive starter packs and support to start their own businesses.

The initiative is seen as a positive step towards addressing the challenges faced by Kayayei, who often lacks shelter, faces harassment, and struggles to make a living. By providing them with skills and support, the government hopes to empower them to secure better jobs and improve their economic prospects.

The programme is also seen as a way to promote entrepreneurship and economic growth in Ghana, which has been growing steadily in recent years. By equipping participants with the skills and support needed to start their own businesses, the government hopes to create jobs and stimulate economic activity.

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