Hope For A Better Future Vocational Training Institute, HOBEFI has launched a two-year project to train over 200 youths in renewable energies.
The project titled « Cameroon Renewed » was launched on Wednesday March 23 at the HOBEFI center in Bamenda in the presence of the Divisional Officer of Bamenda 1 Sub Division, the Mayor of Bamenda 1 Council, Regional Delegate of Vocational Training and other administrative and local officials.
According to the Director of the Institute, Ngo Abdoulai Banfogha, the project aims at bridging the skills gap in the Renewable Energy education, the labour market and governance policies in Cameroon.
It is being implemented by Hope For A Better Future (H4BF) and a consortium of 3 EU organizations (Noorderpoort, APRO, MasterPeace) and 2 other oraganisations in Cameroon (FAP and Sopisdew)
The objective of the project is to improve and increase the capacity of vocational education teachers and trainers; to boost their exposure using 21st century and innovative renewable energy blended vocational education materials » he added.
The primary target groups of the project include vocational education organizations and teachers, youths within the age group of 16-30 years, (60% female/40% male) Employees of business partners, private sector, local decision makers and other etc.
At the end therefore, we intend to have 9 trainers trained; 200 students trained who will create personal business plans hosted by 25 busines Train-the-trainer project with schools, business and local government and network, and partners in Netherlands and Italy, to strengthen the capacity of the Cameroon partners » Ngo Abdoulai Banfogha added.
Speaking during the launch, the representative of the Divisional Officer of Bamenda 1 Sub Division, Nchofon Mingoh lauded HOBEFI for coming up with such a project while rejoicing that i twill empower the youths and make them more useful.
This was reiterated by the Mayor of Bamenda 1 Council, Mbigha Felix who said he was elated that the project is being implemented in his municipality and promised his support for the its succesful implementation.
At the end of the project, it is expected that the skills gained, and resulting opportunities, will result in decent jobs, improved income levels and cleaner energy options, which are likely to reduce the burden on women in sourcing for household energy.
Hope for a Better Future Vocational Training (HOBEFI) Institute with authorization from Ministry of Employment and Vocational, Cameroon prepares students for a better life with a comprehensive practical training in very useful trades and skills. HOBEFI provides skill development through technical and vocational training in order to equip youths with relevant skills demanded by the labour market.