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16.08.2004 Regional News

NYC to co-ordinate activities of NGOs in youth programmes

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Asankare (Ash), Aug 16, GNA- The National Youth Council (NYC) is to co-ordinate the activities of all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) involved in youth activities.

This is to bring sanity into the programmes of the NGOs to enable the Board of Directors of NYC to assist them.

Mrs Marjorie Beeko, Deputy Chairman of the Board of NYC, said this when she addressed the staff and students of the Asankare Youth Training Centre at Asankare in the Asante-Akim South district on Saturday. The visit was to enable the she and other board members who accompanied her to acquaint themselves with problems facing the centre and how best they could be addressed.

Mrs Beeko said the NYC was collating the activities of the NGOs with the view to streamlining their activities so that they did not implement projects in an ad-hoc manner.

She expressed satisfaction with the centre and said she was impressed with the output of the students for constructing a computer laboratory, dormitories and an auditorium, all by themselves with local materials.

Nana Kusi Din-Chin, a member of the board, advised the students to be serious with their work so that they could source the National Youth Fund to set up their own businesses.

He also appealed to the district assembly to offer some contracts to the centre in order to make some money to support the students. Nana Din-Chin assured the students that the board would do well to get them more qualified instructors to support teaching in the department where teachers are lacking.

He said efforts would be made to re-organise the cadet corps at the centre to build up their leadership training and discipline. Mr Gaspard B. Mwinyogle, Principal of the centre, complained about lack of infrastructure facilities such as workshops, library books, basic tools and equipment.

He therefore called on board members to help the centre to find lasting solutions to the problems.

He thanked the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for providing five computers to start an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) programme in the school.

The Principal also praised the Asante-Akim South district assembly for showing interest and support for presenting some building materials towards the construction a girls' dormitory.

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