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Officials of the much talked about No Business as Usual (NBU) Project; a redemptive initiative funded by the European Union have once again organised a movie night event for youth of Asokore Mampong Municipality in Ashanti region.
Aside the numerous training programs offered in relation to Employability and Entrepreneurship for trainees and the will-be(s) under the project, the movie night which was organised on the 19th July 2019 served as a therepaedic approach adopted by executives of NBU Project to inform, teach and ultimately empower participants in knowing some business failures and hassles suffered by entrepreneurs.
As a credence to the foregoing, a movie titled “THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND” was shown by officials to participants at the event which was dubbed “Screw Up Moment 6.0”.
Produced by Andrea Calderwood in 2019 with an African setting, it talks about a 13-year-old boy who was thrown out of a school he loves at the time his family could no longer afford the fees.
He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine.
Held spellbound by the unfolding content of the didactic movie, participants during the event had the opportunity to pick lessons from the lead character.
They became privy to the reality that challenges should be viewed as opportunities and an extra motivation to take up creative steps to succeed.
According Master Shaibu Fuseini, Training Coordinator for NBU Project, the focus of the event was to teach the youth that with a lot of persuasion and drive, anyone can become anything.
“We want to teach them that focusing on and improving on their positive attributes will make them limitless” he disclosed in a concept note copied to this medium.
He highlighted one of the objectives as stimulating the youth Entrepreneurship journey for NBU trainees and youth outside the programme.
Ms. Naomi Kokuro a.k.a “maame Kaya”, CEO for EMB Ahenfie in an interview with this medium on the sidelines of the event identified the lack of proactiveness among a number of Ghanaian youth as a big challenge.
In her lamentation, a number of youth due to their overreliance on government for solutions to their problems end up not succeeding in life.
According to her, such class always want to call on government for support. “I expect Ghanaian youth of today to take up the responsibility with all the needed proactiveness to identify opportunities within their various communities. Through this they will be able to address challenges”.
ABOUT NBU PROJECT
The No Business as Usual (NBU) project seeks to stimulate youth employment and inclusive socio-economic growth through joint stakeholder collaboration in the Asokore Mampong Municipality. The consortium partners are SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands (SOS-CV/NL), Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA), and SOS Children’s Villages Ghana (SOS-CV/Ghana). The European Union (EU) is the lead donor of the project.
The project has two broad objectives:
Improved sustainable local economic growth and expanded job creation by enhanced collaboration of civil society organizations, the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA) and other stakeholders (targeting 500 youth).
Enhanced capacity of Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly (AMMA) to collaborate with civil society and private sector to mobilize revenues for local development while promoting transparency and accountability to citizens, and piloting 2 social businesses and 3 public private partnership (PPPs).
By Enock Akonnor