Engage Now Africa in partnership with United Way Ghana has graduated 50 adult learners from their collaborative project, “Adult Literacy and Financial Empowerment Program” in Kumasi.

These learners were drawn from Aboabo, Asawase, and Sawaba in the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly.

Members under the programme had gone through some months of intensive literacy learning on how to do basic budgeting and arithmetic and how to write, read, and speak English.

In addition, they received a vocational skill training on how to manufacture liquid soap, disinfectant, washing powder, shower gel, hand sanitizer, tie-and-dye, and batik.

It is estimated that about 50 families, over 250 men, women, and children will receive the immediate benefit of these learners with this newly acquired skills as they start or grow their own business.

The colorful graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at the Islamic Education Unit conference room in Kumasi. The event witnessed testimonies from some graduands on the impact the adult literacy and vocational skills training program has had on them.

The chairperson for the event Alhaji SulleyMusah, the Chief of Aboabo, expressed his appreciation to Engage Now Africa and United Way Ghana for such a life-changing initiative.

He encouraged the participants to take all the things they have learnt seriously so they can grow their businesses to generate income to support their individual families and the community as a whole.

Miss Faustina Abbey, Impact Lead of United Way Ghana added her voice and counselled the learners to never give up but strive to put the skills they have learnt into action so they can be financially self-reliant.

The Country Director of Engage Now Africa, Mrs. Cecilia Amankwah congratulated the participants, thanked the facilitators and all organizers of the program.

She encouraged them to break the cycle of poverty by putting what they have learnt to good use. She admonished them to also take the education of their children seriously because they are the future leaders.

She said, “It is never too late to learn. Never stop acquiring new skills to better your life”

She also used the opportunity to call on individuals, organisations and interested parties to come and partner with Engage Now Africa to serve the people.

Other dignitaries present at the ceremony were Mr. Richmond Adu-Gyamfi, the Adult Literacy Manager of Engage Now Africa, Mr. Robert Mills, Project Lead for United Way Ghana, Mr. Mohammed Shakib, the Head Teacher of Watania Islamic School, Suzzie Dankwah, and Afia Sarfoa Sam, Ashanti Regional facilitators of Engage Now Africa.