Eighteen brilliant, needy students of the Labone Senior High School (SHS) in Accra, have been awarded scholarships by Lotus Events, an organisation that educates girls on entrepreneurship, including business coaching, mentoring and vocational skills master classes.
The beneficiaries, made up of a boy and 17 girls, will be supported with their school fees and provided with other educational needs to complete their secondary education.
Under a programme held by Lotus Events, and sponsored by Capital Bank Ltd, Planet Beverages, Twellium Foundation and Homefoods, dubbed the 3E Summit for Girls, held in Accra last Saturday, 230 Form Three female students from the school were trained in decoration, including balloon setting and table setting, to equip them with entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking at the programme, the Owner and Manager of The Lotus Events, Ms Elisabeth Victoria Amanor, expressed concern about what she described as the increasing rate of unemployment in the country, hence the need to educate, mentor and sensitise girls in senior high schools to explore the many options and opportunities available to them to pursue their career paths.
She said the programme was targeted at final-year students in SHS with core themes being education, entrepreneurship and etiquette.
She pointed out that “the idea is to whip up their interest in skills acquisition in fashion, accessories design, beauty therapy, floristry, gardening, events planning, catering and child care, fitness, application development and graphic design, which have enormous potential for job creation.”
She advised the students to make good use of social media, as they could learn many things on Youtube and other social media sites of their choice, and added that “while you are home awaiting your results, you can learn a lot of things on Youtube that will help you develop yourself. Do not focus on the bad aspects of social media but rather, make good use of it.”
The Assistant Marketing Manager of Twellium Foundation, Mrs Emelia Gyesi, said the foundation would continue to support the qualified students by providing continuing students on the list with monthly stipends for the rest of the year.
The Assistant Headmaster of the School, Mr Divine Gbogbo, expressed appreciation to The Lotus Events and its sponsors for their support to the students.
According to him, the parents of some of the brilliant students struggle to pay their children’s fees though they were brilliant and, therefore, were grateful to the team.