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SOS Children’s Villages in Ghana organises Youth Development Boot Camp

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Accra, May 08, GNA-The SOS Children’s Villages in Ghana in partnership with Moonshot Pirates has organized a three-day Boot Camp in Tema for 40 young people from the four program locations (villages) namely Tema, Asiakwa, Kumasi, and Tamale.


A statement issued by SOS Children’s Villages in Ghana, copied to the Ghana News Agency said it aligned with the organization’s goal to equip young people with requisite knowledge and skills in the development of individual technical innovations that addressed increasing challenges that hindered community development.

Speaking at the event, Mr Marko Haschej, the Chief Executive Officer of Moonshot Pirates, said the workshop was an opportunity for young people to gain practical expertise from experienced entrepreneurs to take on the role of being game changers and inspiring leaders.

“Young people need to collaborate on ideas and be supported with professional pitch training to realize their aspirations of contributing to national development. It is a journey of personal growth”, he said.

Ghana being the first country in Africa to benefit from this initiative, Mr Haschef explained that the boot camp was built on three main pillars being: Moonshot Mindset (learning to dream big, to keep going despite failures and to grow endlessly and continuously), Exponential Thinking and Trends (learning which major challenges the world was facing and how to use exponential thinking and technologies to develop actual solutions) and Start Building What Matters (learning how to develop an idea, how to turn that into tangible project, and how to have real impact in the world with it).

Speaking on the impact of the boot camp, Mr Godknows Kporha, the National Youth Development Advisor at SOS Children’s Villages Ghana, stated that the participants had the privilege of being supervised by 15 mentors and motivational speakers (from credible institutions including AmaliTech and DHL) who had provided unique expertise from practical fields of work to encourage young people in their quest for increased knowledge acquisition and being exposed to career opportunities in the advanced world.

He noted that the organisation was working on possible future partnerships to offer advanced opportunities, where pirates would be added on an international platform for collaborative group works on future projects.

“Pirates from Ghana will team up with pirates from other countries for collaborative projects. Currently they are being mentored in Business Planning and Developing, Prototyping, Technologies like Robotics, Coding and Programming among others. Subjects being taught include Coding techniques, Ideation, Public speaking among others,” he said.

The statement said mentors took turns to assist teams to identify community challenges and offer sustainable solutions in addressing issues that hinder development and livelihood.


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