AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Professional opportunities for young people, thanks to a training center run by the Church

Friday, 10 December 2021 professional training   missionaries   missionary animation   work   business  

Yamoussoukro (Agenzia Fides) - Religious authorities, supporters, educators, former and current students of the Rural and Artisan Center of Guibéroua (C.R.A.G.) attended the closing service of the Centre's 55th anniversary celebrations on December 4th, led by Mgr Joseph Aké, Archbishop of Gagnoa. The CRAG, located in the archdiocese of Gagnoa, is a Catholic center for technical and professional institution with a social character. It was founded in 1966 by the French missionary Father Louis Allibe to give the girls and boys from the Gôh region who were unable to attend school a chance for the future.
Father Félicien Kessé, diocesan executive secretary for Catholic education, who gave the homily at the thanksgiving mass presided over by the Archbishop of Gagnoa, underlined the importance of the commitment of Christians in the mission of the Church through social actions and then paid tribute to the pioneer of this Center, Father Allibe, and to the collaborators, thanking the current director, Father Eric Michel Kadji, and all those who work there.
The C.R.A.G. trains thousands of young people from Ivory Coast and neighboring countries and enables them to acquire qualifications and diplomas in various fields in a three-year course: construction, general mechanics, masonry, auto mechanics and carpentry. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center has been assigned 102 trainees for training in the technical professions of construction and general mechanics by the State of the Ivory Coast, while for the 2021-2022 academic year a total of 51 trainees were sent by the State for training in technical diplomas in construction and auto mechanics. The prospects for the next few years are to make this institution a center of excellence in terms of personal, technical and professional training. (EG/SS) (Agenzia Fides, 10/12/2021)