KPNInspires is KPn’s youth flagship program for career guidance and mentorship designed to assist and nurture the youth in Kwahu.
The maiden edition was held on Monday 7th March 2022 ahead of the International Women’s Day program with girls in senior high school on the Kwahu Ridge as the target audience.
This was well attended by not only the girls but some heads of these senior high schools and their deputies, Representatives from the Kwahu East, West and South district education offices and District Assemblies as well as members of the KPN who volunteered to mentor the girls.
In all about 1200 girls from 7 senior high schools were hosted in the Nkwatia Presbyterian Senior High School and taken through 3 segments of the program. The Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Mrs Cynthia Amaning Danquah of the Department of Pharmacy, KNUST on the theme; Breaking the Bias today for a sustainable tomorrow.
The second segment was a panel discussion session where panel members who were all member of the Kwahu Professionals Network with diverse background in Finance, Civil Service, Law and Human resource management, Entrepreneurship and Media took turns in addressing the potential challenges with women in those fields and also how they have been able to pull through it to get to higher roles as management members of their institutions.
The girls were also given the opportunity to seek clarity or some further information on areas bodering on their lives, career path and academic work. The day ended with the one on one mentorship session where the girls were put in smaller groups of 25 with 2 facilitators each depending on their area of strength of career aspiration. As part of the Kwahu professional Network’s commitment to supporting our younger ones, the girls were each presented with an Autographed motivational book, stationery, sanitary towels, sanitizers among others.
There is also periodic communication with school authorities and some of the girls as we believe mentorship is an ongoing process. We appreciate all our sponsors through whose support the program saw the light of day and also changed the mindset of most of the girls as confirmed by their schools during our follow-ups. It is our earnest hope that Kwahuman and Corporate Ghana will continue to support KPNInspires for youth development in our rural and peri-urban towns in Kwahu.
>>>The writer is Vice President of KPN and programme lead for KPNInspires
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