INTRODUCTION: In Ghana Mr John Gilligan, the Chief Administrator of the United States' Agency for International Development -- USAID -- has been visiting the Opportunities Industrialisation Centre in Accra.
GV USAID Chief Administrator John Gilligan and officials in classroom watching students, Accra, Ghana
MV Students stand up
MV White lady teacher teaching African girls shorthand (3 shots)
GV Gilligan and officials walk through classroom and greet teacher
CU African girl typing (2 shots)
MV Gilligan and officials watching girls typing
CU Girl typing
GV African boys in carpentry class as Gilligan watches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Training at the Centre is given free and courses usually last from 12 to 15 months. There are two other branches in Ghana -- at Kumasi and Takoradi and plans are underway to establish Centres in other regions.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Ghana Mr John Gilligan, the Chief Administrator of the United States' Agency for International Development -- USAID -- has been visiting the Opportunities Industrialisation Centre in Accra.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Gilligan arrived on Monday (16 May) and shortly afterwards was taken around the Centre for a first-hand view of its progress. USAID provides about 40 per cent of its annual budget, the Ghana government takes on another 40 per cent, while the Centre provides the remaining 20 per cent.
The Centre specialises in training school leavers in skills such as typing, plumbing, masonry, electrical and motor maintenance and carpentry. It turns out an average of 150 graduates a year and since its establishment in 1971 has given diplomas to 583 students.