The 4th Cohort for the Soronko Rotary Coding for Girls Project began today 23rd March 2021 at the Soronko Academy. The project is run through a global grant with Rotary International, Rotary Club of Limbuergerhof / Vorderpfalz, and the Host, Rotary Club of Accra Airport. The project is expected to run for 3 years and train 300 young women from disadvantaged communities aged 17 to 25 years. Currently, the Soronko Rotary Coding for Girls has successfully trained Seventy-four (74) for cohorts 1, 2, and 3. The training runs three days a week. The project is designed to train and equip women in Ghana with coding and digital skills, leadership, etiquette, and entrepreneurial skills.
The Open Day event hosted by Soronko Academy was in attendance by a team from Rotary Airport Club, the Rotarian Past President Rotarian Kofi B, and the E-Counsellor Mrs. Rovaughna Richardson. The event brought together twenty-three (23) participants who were most excited about the learning journey ahead. It is expected that a total number of twenty-five participants will successfully complete the Soronko Rotary Coding for Girls Cohort (4) program.
The event kicked off with an opening prayer by Miss Annette Agyare, the Human Resources Manager of Soronko Academy followed by a welcome address by Miss Delphina Agyare, Programs Manager of Soronko Academy. In delivering the welcome remarks, Miss Delphina Agyare shared testimonials of past beneficiaries of the Soronko Rotary Coding Girls Project and as well encouraged all selected applicants to remain motivated and enthused about the journey ahead of them.
The invited guest speaker Rotarian Kofi B, Past President, gave a speech on a number of social responsibilities the Rotary Club has undertaken in Ghana. According to him, Soronko Academy has over the years demonstrated an outstanding passion and drive to equip more women in Ghana with digital skills and opportunities. He added that the Soronko Rotary Coding for Girls partnership is a laudable initiative and congrtulated the leadership of Soronko Acadmey for the succesful excution of the project objectives and as well ensuring that benefiecriaries are conneted to jobs. The Rotarian Past President also commended the Soronko Business Solution Centre for giving internship and career-building opportunities to past beneficiaries. In closing, Rotarian Kofi B congratulated the newly selected beneficiaries of the Soronko Rotary Coding for Girls Cohort 4 and admonished them to stay committed to the journey ahead. He advised them to make the training interactive by asking questions, sharing experiences, and working in teams to identify their individual strength and capabilities.
As part of the project plan, beneficiaries would have access to E-Counseling Resources to support their mental and physical wellbeing. Mrs. Rovaughna Richardson the E-Counsellor delivered a presentation on e-counseling services and its benefit in improving self-confidence and self-awareness in girls. She encouraged the beneficiaries to sign up for counseling sessions when need be.
The Career and Development Advisor Miss. Josephine Offei also delivered a presentation on the Soronko Academy Opportunities Platform and Career advisory services Soronko Academy offers to beneficiaries even beyond the duration of the program. The participants were thankful to have been selected and shared some expectations they hope to gain upon completing the training.
In closing, the CEO, Mrs. Regina Honu thanked the Rotary Club of Limbuergerhof/Voderpflaz and the Host, Rotary Club of Accra Airport for the great partnership and hard work in making this project a success. She added that after the program, beneficiaries would be given the opportunity to intern at the Soronko Business Solution center and as well have access to career advisory opportunities. She advised the young ladies to sign up for the E-Counselling services as this opportunity would guard them in setting their short and long-term career objectives.The event ended with a vote of thanks by Miss Josephine Offei.