July 13, 2024

YEA To Train 10,000 Kayayei Girls


In a move aimed at empowering marginalized individuals and fostering sustainable livelihoods, the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has announced plans to train ten thousand head porters, commonly known as Kayayei, throughout the course of this year.

The focus of the program is to equip the Kayayei girls with essential hand skills that will enable them to pursue dignified and sustainable sources of income.

This revelation came to light during a press conference held today in Tamale where the Deputy CEO, Alhaji Ibrahim Bashiru, addressed the media on behalf of YEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kofi Baah Agyepong.

Highlighting, the multifaceted approach the agency will adopt. Alhaji Bashiru said the head porters participating in the program will be accommodated in hostels currently under construction by the government. This move, he indicated is intended to create a conducive learning environment for the participants, offering them a stable base during their training which is expected to last for six months.

Moreover, the participants will be provided with three nutritious meals daily, ensuring their well-being throughout the training period. As part of the support package, each girl will receive a monthly allowance of Ghc 500 to cover additional expenses and contribute to their financial stability.

Alhaji Ibrahim Bashiru emphasized that the training will cover a range of skills, with a primary focus on tailoring, soap making, and other hand crafts. This strategic approach aims to diversify the skill set of the participants, enabling them to explore various avenues for sustainable income generation.

The initiative as announced by the deputy CEO is seen as a step towards breaking the cycle of poverty for the Kayayei girls who for lack of decent jobs are forced to travel from the North of the country to Accra and Kumasi to carry loads for people in order to earn a living.

Currently, three of the hostels which are under construction in Madina, Ashaiman and Kumasi are nearing completion while others are also at advanced stages.

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