On Friday, September 10, 2021, Soronko Academy held its graduation ceremony to commemorate the successful completion of the project “Upshift.” The project was launched in August 2021 and had a six-week lifespan. The project aimed to provide young women with the necessary relevant human-centred design and soft skills to assist them in job acquisition and/or entrepreneurship in technology-related or unrelated firms.
The celebratory program began around 1:00 p.m. However, we had the students report quite early in order to make the necessary preparations and be ready to embrace the ceremony. The Soronko Team, Project Beneficiaries (Students), Project Trainers (Miss Oreo) & Mr Jerry, and other guests were among those who attended the ceremony.
Miss Delphina Agyare, Project Manager of Soronko, gave the opening address, and the session was followed by various groups of the graduating Cohorts presenting their project work on the innovative prototypes they had created. A total of nine groups of four students each presented their work to the audience. To name a few, we had prototypes for sanitation solutions, recycling solutions, low literacy levels among children aged 4 to 16 in their communities, and rising cases of teen pregnancy in the UPSA area.
A panel of judges was assembled, consisting of two executive members of the academy and one guest. As the ladies pitched their solutions, the judges had questions for them. The judges were blown away by what the participants had accomplished in just six weeks.
Miss. Delphina awarded prizes to the best group in each cohort and students who stood out during the program after they finished their presentations. Certificates of completion were awarded to each student. Following that, group photos were taken.
The students were required to fill out a post-evaluation form after which they were refreshed to crown the event.