“Trokosi” girls graduate from vocational school

By Samuel Akumatey,

Frankadua (V/R), July
22, GNA – Fifteen young women rescued from ritual servitude, also known as
“trokosi” have graduated from the Baptist Vocational Training Institute at
Frankadua in the Volta Region.

The girls, who were
liberated from shrines across the region, were part of 40 students who
graduated this year after completing a three-year course in catering,
dressmaking, kente weaving, batik printing, hairdressing, and bead making among
other things at the Institute.

They were provided
with working tools and startup capital with a few being prepared to enrol in
technical universities.

Rev. Yaw Oppong
Ankamah, the South-East Sector Head of Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), said the
girls were rescued through the intervention of the Baptist Relief and
Development Agency (BREDA) of the GBC adding; “their graduation represents the
fruit of our investment in our quest to fulfil the great commission in a
holistic manner”.

He said education was
a priority of the Church and through BREDA it would continue to support the
Centre to train more less-privileged individuals by mobilising internal and
external support to improve its infrastructure.

Rev. Ankaman lauded
government’s intention to prioritise skills training and said vocational
education was essential for a developing country like Ghana.

He urged the graduates
to take advantage of government’s initiatives to improve their skills and build
lasting businesses that would make positive impact on society.

Rev. Mrs Grace Akonnor,
the Manageress of the Institution, said the Centre was established to propagate
the gospel, discipline, and train students to be self-sufficient through the
acquisition of various skills.

She said the Institute
had no permanent classrooms and that students studied under unfavourable
conditions on corridors, a situation which was inhibiting the enrolment of more

Rev. Mrs Akonnor said
the Institute also lacked a school bus and an ICT centre and appealed to
government and other benevolent organisations for support.

She expressed
gratitude to the Pelican Prayer Missions of the United States of America and
other organisations which had supported the Institute in building a rest-stop
to engage graduates.

Togbe Asempa, the
Regent of Frankadua, asked parents in the community to enrol their wards in the
school so they could take advantage of the programmes to build a productive

The school has a
student population of 70 of which 40 are rescued “trokosi” girls. It
has graduated more than 350 students since its establishment.


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