……As It Calls For Support For Its Free Programme
By Gifty Arthur
The Director of Soul Food ICT College, Eddie Letsa, has challenged the youth especially, those from his outfit, not to wait on government with respect to finding job, but take the initiative by starting something on their own.
He believes that it is a sure way to get them to stand independently, however, meager the initial stage may be, citing his story as a typical example saying, “you must also know that your life belongs to you, drive your life yourself”.
The director, who doubles as the General Overseer of the Soul Food Ministries International (SFMI), said this on the sidelines of the 13th graduation ceremony for some 750 students under the 4-month “Free for All Information Technology Training Initiative”, held recently in Accra.
The programme which started some five years ago is financed by the church and needs support from government, philanthropists, corporate
bodies, ICT focused organizations, to enable it finance its activities in order to train more people, most especially the youth.
According to Pastor Letsa, who entreated interested members of the public to enroll at the facility, all one needs to have before enrolling is to be able to speak English.
It is a non-denominational and non-religious biased training programme, seeking to educate and equip beneficiaries in various ICT programmes for free to contribute to the development of the youth, as well as help build a better country for all
He said, since the establishment of the College, people from all walks of life ranging from carpenters, journalists, shoe shine boys, pensioners, have all taken the challenge to equip themselves to be employable to the job market. Anybody at all can walk in here, journalists, pensioners, shoe shineboys, if you can read a little English, you don’t need to be computer literate, before you enroll.
Anybody at all can walk in here, even if you have not started computer before, we should be able to train you to a level where the computer can benefit you. It is a call so we have the patience to handle people.
In a word to the beneficiaries, Pastor Letsa said, “In life, you need to arrest life yourself .Nobody will do it for you. As the government is trying to do it for you or is up to the government to do it, you must also know that your life belongs to u. Drive your life yourself”.
As you are going out, I wouldn’t want you to sit down waiting for government to create a place for you before you start to do something, he said.
You can even start from a container. I started my ministry from my sitting room and have gone through so many levels before getting here today. I believe that little drops of water, will one day become a mighty ocean.
So I am entreating all of you to take advantage of this very thing that has been given to you for free, a course that is in town that is worth over five thousand Cedis, and is given to you for free, I want to believe that, this is a great opportunity.
In the past five years, the programme has offered training to 6,026 people and some of the courses offered are; Computer Hardware and Networking, Windows 2003 server, Windows 2008 server, Cisco certified Network Administration (CCNA), SQL, Linux SLED Novel Netware and System Analysis and Design.
“These courses offered freely by SFMI are offered by various institutions within the country at quite enormous sums, but the decision of the churches to offer these courses for free is to contribute to the development of the youth, as well as help build a better country for us all,” he concluded.
Mr Eddie Lesta, Director of Soul Food Information Communication Technology, a free ICT training institute, has appealed to government, philanthropists and ICT focused organization to support the course of training the youth in ICT.
He said, the institute needs the funding to train more youth to make them self-employed to forestall increases in social vices, adding: “and to also help us continue with the offering of free ICT education”, in Accra.
Mr Lesta made the appeal during the 13th graduation ceremony of 750 beneficiaries, who underwent the free ICT training at Soul Food Ministries International (SFMI),
He said, the programme, named: “Free for all,” is an initiative by the SFMI, which has been on-going for the past five years and had so far offered training to 6,026 people.
Mr Lesta, who is also the General Overseer of the church said ,the free for all initiative came about because he had a call from God asking him to use such means to bless people and improve the society.
He said the free ICT training is a non-denominational and non-religious biased training programme, which educate and equip students in various information technology courses such as Hardware, Networking, Windows 2003 server, Windows 2008 server, Cisco certified Network Administration, SQL, Linux Sled Novel Netware and System Analysis Design.
“These courses offered freely by SFMI are offered by various institutions within the country at quite enormous sums, but the decision of the churches to offer these courses for free is to contribute to the development of the youth as well as help build a better country for us all,” he added.
He therefore charged the graduates to apply whatever they’ve learnt in the school positively to improve society and impart other lives.
Mr Letsa urged them not to rely on government, adding: “Your life belongs to you, and you must drive it yourself.”