A delegation led by Her Majesty the Queen Mathilde of Belgium has visited 2nd Image International on 8th of January, 2018. Being a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate, H.M. the Queen was invited to Ghana by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, who is the co-chairman of the United Nations Group of 17 SDG Advocates. The purpose of the visit is to demonstrate how Ghana is implementing the SDG.
The project visit was also attended by H.E. Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, H.M. Prof. George Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning, H.E. Hugues Chantry, the Ambassador of Belgium to Côte d’Ivoire, H.E. Christoph Retzlaff, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ghana, H.E. William Hanna, the Ambassador of the European Union to Ghana, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, the Executive Director of COTVET, high-ranking officials from the Federal Government of Belgium, executives from trade associations and other GSDI partners.
After a visit to the cosmetology and garment workshops of the school, the delegation interacted with beneficiaries of the project. The principal of the school, Nikki Boa-Amponsem, commended the support of GSDI to the school. The project also provides training to garment and cosmetology trade associations e.g. in entrepreneurship, financial management or quality assurance.
2nd Image International is a private cosmetology and garment training school supported under the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) III project to implement the Collaborative Apprenticeship Training (CAT) model which combines workplace-based training in the informal sector and school-based training at TVET providers like 2nd Image. Currently, 60 master craftspersons in cosmetology and garment are receiving technical training at the school, developed by GSDI and funded by German Financial Cooperation through the Ghana TVET Voucher Programme. The training enables the master craftspersons to train their apprentices at the workplace.
By this, GSDI is contributing to the implementation and achievement of SDG 4 to ensure equal access to affordable and quality TVET and to increase the number of youth and adults who have technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.