30.07.2004 Regional News

Centre for National Culture trains people in tie and dye

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Kumasi, July 30, GNA - The Centre for National Culture in Kumasi has for the past three years trained over 100 people in tie and dye and batik to enable them to establish their own businesses. The training forms part of a programme by the Centre to give training to the people, particularly the youth, to enable them to acquire skills to establish their own businesses to earn more income towards poverty alleviation.

Mr S.F. Adjei, Director of the Centre, announced this at the graduation of 70 people who attended a three-month training in tie and dye and batik in Kumasi on Friday.

He said the beneficiaries paid a token amount to cover logistics and materials, while the Centre provided free tuition.

Mr Adjei said apart from drumming and dancing, culture assisted in equipping the people with the necessary skills for their development. He said students from the Kumasi and Takoradi Polytechnics and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi did practical training at the Centre.

Mr Adjei said plans were far advanced for the Centre to organise exhibitions in Kumasi to create market for art and craft products. Mr Adjei, therefore, appealed to individuals, organisations and the Government to assist the Centre provide more infrastructure to enable increase intake.

Mr Ted Oppong, Kumasi Metropolitan Development and Planning Officer, said the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly had initiated the Child Street Project in Kumasi to give vocational training to children. Miss Mavis Akuoko, one of the trainees, on behalf of her colleagues, commended authorities of the Centre for giving them the opportunity to acquire vocational skills.

Nana Akyaw Barimah II, Nerebehihene, noted that vocational training was significant to the socio-economic development of the country. He appealed to the trainees to form co-operative societies to enable them get loans from financial institutions to establish their own businesses.

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