Gender Conference

Our CEO was invited to speak on a panel on addressing the vulnerabilities of the 21st centruy woman in the context of irregular migration and unemployment. The Ghanaian-German Centre and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations were the organizers of the #GGCGenderconference

The Conference was really a humbling moment as we heard heartbreaking stories of the experiences of people who use the gulf states to migrate to other countries. The amount of misinformation that causes the women to migrate and what they had endured, sent chills down our spine.

We wanted to share some key take aways. Even though the the nature of work is changing when it comes to the care and domestic work the change is slow. The government is working on a domestic workers’ bill to protect the right of domestic workers and houses helps. There was a suggestion that since there is free SHS there should be a conversation on how domestic workers benefit.

How do we put an end to women trafficking? Dr. Angela Dwamenah (Executive Director, The Arc Foundation) made a strong call for the need for homegrown solutions. Ghana’s public institutions need to be improved and must not depend on international NGO’s. She asked what happens when these international aid organizations leave. She also stated that government is good in putting together policies and laws but more work need to be done to ensure that they are enforced

According to Mr Eugene Korletey, Acting Chief Labour Officer at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR). The Ghanaian government is putting in place measures against illegally acting private employment agencies to ensure that Ghanaians are safe when they travel abroad!

There was a marketplace where 20 organizations showcased the services and products they could offer to returnees from irregular migration to support them. We of course offered free digital skills training to help them be successful in an increasingly digital world and connect them to jobs and opportunities to start their own business.

Kudos to Ghanaian-German Center for all their hard work and putting this conference together.

I love the theme. Let us all be a voice and not an echo especially when it comes to women rights and gender equality.

Ghana Job Fair

We attended the Ghanaian-German Centre and Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations Ghana Job Fair. Our CEO was invited to speak at the opening plenary and we also had a stand where we were offering two job positions and running a beta test of the digital skills assessment tool in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.

The event was moderated by Kokui Hanson who was amazing as usual. We had speeches by the German Ambassador and some directors from GIZ Ghana. After the panel, the fair was opened and there were over 100 companies with 1000 jobs being offered.

We also got the opportunity to outdoor our new Soronko wear which is a beautiful combination of Vlisco and the creative design of WEAR GHANA made by WEAR GHANA. We got a lot of compliments.

We must commend all the organizers of the program for organizing such a successful event. There were over 4000 people who participated. We must also start to really think about what we can do to ensure that young people find dignified and fulfilling jobs.

Women in digital skills 4.0 come to a successful end

The fourth edition of the Women in Digital Skills Class has successfully come to an end.

During the course of study, the participants learnt among other things, how to build websites in HTML and CSS. They were also introduced to a strong foundation on digital skills, digital media and social media management.

On Friday, May 10th, 2019, each participant presented a complete website to the whole class and the Soronko Team. We were privileged to have Mrs Regina Honu, the CEO of Soronko Academy as the special guest of honour. As she attentively observed the presentation, she marvelled at what the ladies had been able to create over a short period of time.

Mrs Honu spoke to the participants and informed them of how proud she was of their progress within a short period of time. She advised them to consistently practice their hands on their codes to get accustomed to it. She offered free hosting for the websites. She also informed them that they would be receiving weekly updates of opportunities in the digital space from job, funding, investment etc. She later presented each participant with a certificate to showcase their successful completion of the six-week Women in Digital Skills program.

Special thanks to our trainers and training assistants Cyril Agbewali, Oreoluwa Akanni, Amari and the whole Soronko team

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We celebrate our Soft Skills Trainer

As our Women in Digital Skills cohort 4 comes to an end today I wanted to celebrate our Soft Skills Trainer Akosua Koranteng Adayi. Akosua is a Mentor MASO at Mastercard/Ashesi University College, Former Lecturer at Zenith University College Official, Studied at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Studied at the University of Cape Coast. She was also Director at The BEIGE Foundation

Akosua has been amazing in shaping the women in developing their personal brands, navigating the workplace, standing out and being confident to chase and realize their dreams. She gave them practical tips and each session was so engaging.

I am so thankful for her taking the time to shape the next generation of confident women who use digital skills for economic empowerment and system change.

Hmm as for her fashion sense don’t go there. I wanted to steal every outfit she wore. There is so much power in women supporting women. Thank you Akosua Koranteng Adayi #mydigitalskills

We celebrate #GirlsinICTDay with MTN Ghana

On Friday 26th April we celebrate #GirlsinICTDay at Soronko Academy in partnership with MTN Ghana Foundation. The event was a huge success. We had 70 girls present who were inspired by Women in Tech from MTN Ghana. The girls got to ask questions and learn more from these women. The girls also got the opportunity to interact and learn more about web, mobile, Internet of Things, Artificial intelligence and drone technology from other women in tech and women from our Women in Digital Skills Cohort who had built these technology solutions. There was an innovation challenge and the girls were given a problem and had to brainstorm which technology they would use to solve it.

I was not at the event since I was in #Amsterdam with Vlisco. I always say I may be the face of the company but the real work is done by amazing dream team at Soronko Academy. They organized a great event. The girls left inspired, informed and had a great time. I can’t wait for the next #GirlsinICTDay and follow up with the girls to see the impact of the event.

MTN Ghana is an amazing organization that gives back in a impactful way. MTN Ghana Foundation has been transforming lives in a meaningful way and we are truly privileged to get the opportunity to work with them as they also believe in bridging the gender gap and getting more women and girls to be empowered using technology as a tool. Special thanks to Georgina Asare Fiagbenu and Cynthia Daiki Akuteye. Special thanks to also the Women in Tech from MTN.

Kofi Darko is an ICT teacher who deserves special recognition for his hardwork and passion. Special thanks to him for being a great partner. Special thanks to Ethel Adjorlolo Marfo Special thanks also to all the exhibitors, invited guests and everyone who made the event a success.

We partner with A-league Consult

With our Women in Digital Skills class, we don’t only train the women in digital skills but also soft skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship, public speaking, how to pitch, how to take an interview, how to sell yourself and create a brand and how to communicate effectively.

Communication is important in every organization. Everything we do in our workplaces results from communication. Therefore good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential in our day-to-day interactions with people. This allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change.

So we are fortunate to partner with A-League Consult (independent human capital development training provider) to have a soft skills session every Friday for the women. The session is lead by an accomplished Communications and Leadership expert, Mr John Affaidzi Appiah

Mr. John Appiah has extensive media experience in Ghana. He has worked as a presenter on New Day Breakfast show on TV3 Ghana, a producer and an on-air panelist and editor of 3FM’s Sunrise Morning Show. He has also worked as one of the producers on Joy FM’s flagship programmes, The Super Morning and News File. He was also the communication manager of the British Hign Commission

John is the best at what he does. His sessions are engaging, informative, insightful, excellent and life-changing. He has a gift and talent and is taking time from his busy schedule running a hospital in Koforidua to train the women. Please if you know John say thank you for me.

Now all my staff has asked for permission to join his class. We all loved his session. I recommend John Affaidzi Appiah and his company49688554_1985063871606558_3986791040186056704_o50217972_1985065141606431_6793704424712699904_o50469959_1985062238273388_723357069142392832_o50502208_1985062794939999_4207833112622661632_o A-League Consult check it out and thank me later

I am excited to see the transformation with the women after the training and to work with John and A-League Consult to impact lives across the continent..#mydigitalskills


Women in Digital Skills go to the Volta Region

We started this year looking to expand and reach out to more women and girls across the country. On January 4 2019, we embarked on a journey to Agbozume in the Volta Region, to pay a working visit to the Talent Hunt Foundation – TAHUF

Talent Hunt Foundation aims to develop human resource capacity needs of the Volta Region and the country at large, through seminars, training and award schemes. They have been doing an amazing job for 13 years and I invite others to learn more about them

The visit by the Academy was to continue an established relationship and assess their developmental needs to enable the academy tailor its curriculum to help solve their emerging challenges in the region using technology and empower the women and girls with digital skills to help them reach their full potential
I had an informal session with the beneficiaries of the foundation. This segment was to get to know them more and the challenges that confront them. I also decided to share my story to inspire women. In fact one lady who previously taught learning Technology was a waste of time decided to start learning and called her mother to let her know. The power of a story!

My team also had a one-on-one segment with individual participants to collect data to help us tailor make our curriculum to ensure that the technical and soft skills they will acquire will help them connect with more opportunities in the region. The Founder of the foundation, Mawufemor Kofi Folivi, was grateful for the visit and expressed his appreciation to Soronko Academy team.

We look forward to working together to transform the lives of the women and girls in Agbozume and a fruitful partnership with Talent Hunt Foundation – TAHUF