In a proactive move towards fostering youth leadership and empowerment, Plan International Ghana has launched a comprehensive capacity-building training programme.

The initiative aims to position youth-led groups as equal partners within Plan International Ghana's framework, equipping them with essential skills and knowledge to drive impactful change in their communities.

The training, which was held at the Freedom Hotel, Ho, witnessed enthusiastic participation from dynamic youth leaders eager to make a difference.

Plan International Ghana recognizes the immense potential and energy that young people bring to the table and is committed to nurturing these qualities through structured learning and development opportunities.

One of the key focal points of the capacity-building training is the implementation of Plan International Ghana's Safeguarding Policy.

Participants are being equipped with the tools and understanding to create safe spaces for children and vulnerable individuals within their communities.

This critical aspect ensures that all initiatives these youth-led groups undertake prioritize the well-being and protection of those they aim to serve.

Moreover, the training delves into the nuances of gender dynamics, a crucial element in the fight for equality and inclusivity. By empowering youth leaders with knowledge on gender equality, Plan International Ghana is fostering a generation of change-makers who are attuned to the needs and rights of all individuals, irrespective of gender.

Financial reporting, an often overlooked yet essential aspect of sustainable development initiatives, is also a cornerstone of the training programme. Youth-led groups are receiving guidance on financial management, budgeting, and reporting, ensuring transparency and accountability in their projects and activities.

Communication plays a pivotal role in amplifying the impact of community initiatives.

Recognizing this, the training includes modules on effective communication strategies. From social media engagement to storytelling, participants learn how to share their successes, challenges, and goals with a wider audience, garnering support and momentum for their initiatives.

As the programme unfolds, success stories are already emerging from various corners of Ghana. Youth-led groups are implementing innovative projects, advocating for change, and creating spaces for dialogue and action within their communities.

A group of young leaders trained under this programme have plans underway to launch a community awareness campaign on child rights. Through engaging workshops and creative activities, they aim to educate parents, teachers, and children on the importance of education and protection from abuse. The aim is to have a positive impact, with an increase in school enrollment and awareness about child protection protocols.

A different youth-led group also plans to utilize their training in financial reporting to secure funding for a community health clinic.

Images from these success stories capture the essence of youth-led empowerment in action. From the smiles of children attending educational workshops to the determined faces of young leaders strategizing for change, each image is a testament to the power of investing in youth.

The Programme Officer for Plan International Ghana, William Domapielle in an interview said Plan Ghana International remains steadfast in its commitment to nurturing these youth-led groups as equal partners in development.

William Domapielle noted that through ongoing support, mentorship, and continued capacity-building initiatives, the organization is paving the way for a future where young people are not just beneficiaries of change but the driving forces behind it.

As the training programme continues to unfold, the ripple effects of empowered youth are expected to grow, transforming communities and creating a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

The Child Protection and Safeguarding specialist at Plan International Ghana, Adamu Abubakari noted that they are working to ensure that children, young people, and adults are safe and protected from harm.

Participants were excited about the programme and hoped to make the best out of it.

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