Artisans from some mining communities within the Nabdam and Talensi district have benefit from Trax Ghana – Tools for Self-Reliance entrepreneurship and life skills training. The training forms part of the quest to equip youth from the mining communities with artisanal skill in trade fields like seamstress, blacksmith, carpentry, masonry, shoe making/repairs, motorbike repairs, appliance repairs and bicycle repairs under the program “Preventing illegal gold mining by supporting self-reliance through artisanship and craftmanship”.
The business and life skills training focus its attention on areas including money management, record keeping, savings culture (including VSLA), and good human health (including HIV/AIDS and STIs).
The training organized in Bolgatanga, the regional capital hosted the participants from Pelungu (Nabdam district), Duusi and Gbani (Talensi district) for three days. The beneficiaries who will be attached to master craftsperson’s in the listed trades, will have twelve months to stay with their trainer to undertake an in-depth practical training in their respective fields.
Inaugurating the program, Trax program manager welcome the participants and lauded the artisans for their giant decision taken to learn a trade after they have been engaged in illegal small-scale gold mining. Again, he appealed to the participants to with hold the opportunity and to prove a difference in learning their respective trade they have shown interest in since they have not had formal education up to the senior high and have no employable skill to improve their livelihood in the near future.
Seeking to provide employable skill to the youth and to minimize the widespread of environmental degradation through soil disturbance caused by galamsey, Trax Ghana – Tools for Self-Reliance will support the beneficiary artisans with apprenticeship fee, tools kits and loan funds to establish their own shop after they are fully trained and graduated.