The Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CEPD) in collaboration with the British Council has sponsored some seven (7) persons with disabilities and a mother of a child with a disability to learn fashion design and dressmaking.
The eight, including one male, were among some 260 Students who graduated from the Institute of African Arts and Technology in Accra on Friday, May 5, 2023.
The Executive Director of CEDP, Mr. Alexander Tetteh, urged the beneficiaries not to only put the skills acquired to use to improve their lives, but also endeavour to train other persons with disabilities.
That, he said, would be contributing to achieving the centre’s aim of reducing unemployment among persons with disabilities in the country.
The beneficiaries in an interview with DisabilityNewsGH expressed their gratitude to CEPD and the British Council for the sponsorship which they said would go a long way to make life easy for them.
The special mother was extremely excited about the opportunity.
According to her, having a child with a disability comes with a lot of challenges, including psychological and emotional distress, and not having a source of income worsens the situation.
She was, therefore, excited that with the training, she would be able to conveniently provide for her child.
The Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities is an NGO that facilitates skills training for persons with disabilities and also seeks employment opportunities for both those with skills and those with formal education.
The centre also established the Ghana Chamber of Entrepreneurs with Disabilities, an association of business people with disabilities, all to seek better living conditions for persons with disabilities in the country.
The British Council Ghana offers life-changing opportunities to young people by providing skills for employability and entrepreneurship, English and exams.
The council has become one of the major supporters of disability-related activities in the country over the years.