Introduction – The Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL) Programme Ghana is working in partnership with the KGL Foundation to provide livelihood skills for young people in ten (10) communities in the Nandom Municipality of the Upper West Region.
The initiative named – Skills for Life and Income Project (SLIP) which was launched by SELL in November 2022 is providing fifty (50) beneficiaries with skills that they can learn and earn income from.
Goal of SLIP
The project will help address the lack of access to employable opportunities that affect the ability of young people to contribute to the development of their communities and reduce poverty.
SLIP began with a stakeholder engagement at Nandom, from November 23rd to 24th 2022, which informed them about the project and sought their support. Sixty one (61) stakeholders from ten (10) communities were engaged including: Chiefs, the District Chief Executive, Queen Mothers, Assembly Members, representative of TVET from the Ghana Education Service, representative from the Ghana Health Service, parents and opinion leaders from the various communities. At the end of the engagement, the stakeholders expressed their support for the project and believed it will help in the formation of the youth and the development of their communities.
Following the stakeholder engagement, the SELL Team proceeded to a locally-based radio station and created awareness about the project. The media interaction which was done in English and local languages enhanced the understanding of the project.
Interested applicants picked up forms and submitted them. About three hundred and twenty eight (328) application forms were received back from applicants. The Team then put together a selection panel made up of some stakeholders and the Team Leader of SELL which screened the applications. One hundred and twenty eight (128) beneficiaries and service providers were shortlisted for interviews.
Between January 12th and 16th, fifty five (55) beneficiaries and service providers were selected to benefit directly from the Skills for Life and Income Project (SLIP).