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Award: NBU Project Wins the Social Impact Project Of The Year Award

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Award: NBU Project Wins the Social Impact Project Of The Year Award 2020

The No Business As Usual (NBU) Hub on Sunday, 13th December, 2020, showed its prowess in youth development, entrepreneurship training and civic engagements, by beating the likes of MTN Foundation and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, to clench the coveted title of Social Impact Project Of The Year Award.

The achievement occurred on the said date at the Project Management Awards, organised by the Management Excellence Foundation Ghana, at the Kempinski Hotel, Accra.

So far, six hundred and fifty (650) youth have been trained in the municipality. Out of that number, one hundred and ninety (190) have been employed and a hundred and twenty-five (125) have started their own businesses and have even employed others as well. Again, eighty-five (85) of them are currently on internship

So far, six hundred and fifty (650) youth have been trained in the municipality. Out of that number, one hundred and ninety (190) have been employed and a hundred and twenty-five (125) have started their own businesses and have even employed others as well. Again, eighty-five (85) of them are currently on internship.

 

About The Project Management Awards

The Project Management Awards,  currently in its second year, seeks to recognize, reward and honour individuals and organizations, which have executed complex projects successfully, using performance targets as well as project management framework or methodology.

Indeed, the achievements of the NBU Project, merit it being chosen as the recipient for the Social Impact Project Of The Year Award.

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(left): No Business As Usual (NBU) Hub Staff. (right): Mr. David Twumasi-Minkah And Mr. Ohene-Darko – Two Of The Facilitators Of The NBU Project.

The competing organizations for the Social Impact Project category of the award were:

  1. MTN Ghana Foundation
  2. Built Environmental (they built the Ghana Infectious Disease Centre for the COVID-19 pandemic).
  3. Zoomlion Ghana Ltd.
  4. Accra Street Academy (an NGO advocating against streetism)
  5. SOS-NBU Project.

 

The No Business As Usual (NBU) Project

The NBU Project is a socio-economic development project which is a collaboration between the European Union, SOS Children Villages Ghana and the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly.

It is a four-year programme that was initiated in 2016 and has been able to make a lot of social impact in the lives of the youth and citizenry of the Asokore Mampong Municipality in the Ashanti Region.

Throughout the four-year period that the programme has been running, a lot of youth have been trained for them to be gainfully employed. Others too have become self-employed with their own businesses and have even been able to employ others as well.

Networking is very key if one wants to succeed in the job world. Hence, as part of their training, they were taken through networking strategies. In addition to being given entrepreneurship training, the youth were also given skills and knowledge that showed them different ways to increase their job search chances.

 

Graduation Of The Last Batch Of NBU Trainees

On Friday, 18th December, 2020, the last batch of trainees were graduated at a colourful ceremony at the premesis of the NBU Hub at Galco House, Asokore Mampong.

Present at the event were Mr. Bernard Amoako (Programmes Director of SOS Children Villages Ghana – Kumasi Location), senior staff of SOS Kumasi Location, Assembly Members and officials of the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly, Mr. David Twumasi-Minkah (Founder and Continental Executive Director of The Telescope International), Directors of Civil Society organisation in the Kumasi Metropolis, staff and facilitators of NBU, as well as various youth media houses.

(left): Graduating Trainees Of The NBU Project. (right): Ms. Esther Matey, NBU Project Coordinator.
(left): Graduating Trainees Of The NBU Project. (right): Ms. Esther Matey, NBU Project Coordinator.

Addressing the gathering, Ms. Esther Matey, the NBU Project Coordinator, indicated that, so far, six hundred and fifty (650) youth have been trained in the municipality. Out of that number, one hundred and ninety (190) have been employed and a hundred and twenty-five (125) have started their own businesses and have even employed others as well. Again, eighty-five (85) of them are currently on internship.

These are some of the reasons why the NBU Project was able to clench the Social Impact Project Of The Year Award.

The trainees were a mixture of graduate, semi-literate and illiterate youth from the Asokore Mampong Municipality and its environs. After going through the training, the graduates realized that, even when they were in school, they could have taken advantage of opportunities and started their own businesses whilst still in school. Some however bemoaned the fact that, the cost of living and academic costs, sometimes made it difficult for them to even think of starting their own businesses. However, they took consolation in the fact that, the NBU training has helped them to be confident in themselves to take hold of their destinies, in spite of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The four-year NBU Programme will be ending in 2021. But judging by the impact it has been able to make in the lives of the indigenes of the Asokore Mampong municipality so far, it is hoped that it will be continued.

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