29.04.2005 Regional News

Eight graduate from A.M.E. Vocational School

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Tamale, April 29, GNA - Eight students passed out of the A.M.E. Zion Faith Vocational Intervention, (School of Therapeutic Art) in Tamale, after completing courses in textile design and weaving.

All the students passed out with distinction and where presented with looms and yarns valued at 14 million cedis by Action Aid to assist them establish their shops. The school, which was established in 1994 with the support of Action Aid, has so far passed out 78 students, with majority of them being illiterates or junior secondary school dropouts. Reverend Winfred Atsu Abormegah, Principal of the school said, initially, the intervention was to assist poor and needy women to engage in pottery making but this was later expanded to include the unemployed youth. He said programmes run in the school were "unorthodox", since they did not follow the Ghana Education Service curriculum but rather every one was allowed to do what his hands can do. The school also admits all manner of people, who are prepared to use their hands for productive work, adding, "The basis on which every nation can develop is through vocational training". Some passed graduates of the school are now working with the prison service and teaching the inmates textile weaving, while others are also pastors. Reverend Abormegah asked people in the Municipality to take advantage of the school to send their children for training in vocational skills. Naa Saibu Yabani, the chief of Vittin, a suburb of Tamale where the school is situated urged the teachers of the school to put in their best to educate their children to excel in whatever they do.

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