Helena Tekpli (left), a Trainer at the leadership Training Center (LTC) tells her story When I graduated from Junior High School in 1995, I stayed at home for four years due to lack of support to pursue higher education or learn a trade. It was not until 1999, that I was offered a place in a Vocational School, which FAWE Ghana Chapter had just started at Fotobi, my hometown, for girls to offer entrepreneurial skills at no cost. The school offered courses in sewing, tye and dye batik making, bead making and cookery as well as training in life skills and adolescents sexual reproductive health. I graduated from the school in 2002 and FAWE Ghana employed me as a trainer in its Leadership Training Centre (LTC), where I have been working since. The Motto of the school and similar ones that the Chapter opened in other districts is “SCHOOL AND WORK FIRST, MARRIAGE LATTER”. Now, I can say with confidence that FAWE Ghana has charted a path for my future, and I am an empowered young lady. My prayer is that all FAWE Ghana’s Vocational Schools / Training Centres and Girls’ Clubs, which are no longer functioning, will be revitalized to enable many more needy girls be empowered academically and economically because education is the key to a better life. By Helina Tekpli
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