After almost a year of galvanizing the youth across the globe, the Edusei Foundation held its first ever Youth Workshop on Ghanaian soil on Sunday the 31st of August in the grandest of styles. Held at the Freeman Methodist Church in the Mbrom Suburb of Kumasi, the foundation’s hallmark event attracted over two hundred young men and women whose visible enthusiasm about their professional future was also matched by their sense of punctuality.
The workshop began with participant registration handled by Madam Joyce Afari. Then a short prayer by Kwadwo Boateng who also masterfully moderated the event. But what really awed the youth was a beautifully read biography and vision of the founder Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei by his brother Mr. Kwabena Kwaw Boadu Edusei. That was followed by a video detailing a combination of philanthropic works spanning decades by Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei and a chronology of the foundations youth workshops around the globe. Then after a brief introduction and overviews by the presenters, the breakout sessions began.
In Business Studies, Jermaine Nkrumah focused on allaying the myth in Ghana that business only entailed buying and selling by explaining other equally important facets of business such as financial planning, marketing, and banking. In Education and Theology, Kwadwo Boateng highlighted the relationship between education and theology while exploring when one knows the call of God is upon one. One participant explained the need to explore other routes to professional careers instead of always pursuing university degrees. At the Law session, Lawrence Kyei reminded aspiring lawyers that the study of law does not necessarily confine one to the courtroom.
The Medicine session featured Dr. Juliana Opoku-Manu and Eric Apenteng as presenters. They focused on the global trend of young doctors and charged the youth to pursue the profession with discipline and poise. The aspiring nurses were tutored on a route to the profession by Morkoa-Chie Edjah with emphasis on developing a positive attitude in the nursing profession. And finally Daniel Kusi led the group of youth interested in Information Technology in a session that focused on how dynamic the field has become in all facets of business today.
Rev. Ekow McForson then spoke on moral integrity. He started by saying our world today has been blessed with technology, mostly social media, but it was up to the participants to know how to utilize this gift to get the best out of it. He said as humans our steps and ways must be guided by God. He spoke on sexual morality and how it seemed absent in our present day. He pleaded with the participants to hang onto their faith and build on their integrity and never play with the choices they make. He ended by saying to the participants that their lives, community and nation could be better, and it was up the participants to make it happen.
The participant feedback during the closing stages of the workshop was gratifying. One participant contributed that she now sees business persons differently and that not only buyers and sellers are business persons. A young lady appreciated the advice she received that university education is not the end-all-be-all that she used to view it, and that training colleges and polytechnics are also important routes to successful careers.
The youth workshop was climaxed by an awards ceremony where each participant received a personalized certificate and an Edusei Foundation T-Shirt. After that a take-out lunch was served to each attendee.
In his closing remarks, Mr Kwabena Kwaw Boadu Edusei pleaded with the participants to take to heart all that they were taught during the program. He also thanked Dr Kwame Bawuah-Edusei who financed the programme. Mr Derick Oppong-Agyare then thanked all the participants, members of Edusei Foundation, the press, and the instructors for taking part in the program.
The Edusei Foundation expresses profound gratitude to the management of the Freeman Methodist Church in Kumasi for its support. The success of our youth is a collective effort of all, and Edusei Foundation is happy to note that when called upon, churches such as the Freeman Methodist Church were ready to help.