WELCOME TO TAMABITS DIGITAL DESIGN SCHOOL
In the beginning of the year 2015, BIBIR entered into partnership with Butterfly Works of the Netherlands, Rural Innovation Consults (RICs) and TechSupport of Ghana with support of funds from Learn4Work and Edukans from the Netherlands to train 50 unemployed youth in ICT. The set-up school was called TamaBits. The Dutch development organisation Edukans coordinates the Learn4Work Programme.
TAMABITS is a youth based social enterprise that uses ICT multimedia creatively to improve the lives of less privileged youth from the non- formal sector in the Northern Region in the Tamale Metropolis.
TAMABITS' target population is unemployed youth in all the districts of the Northern Region of Ghana, who are faced with socio-economic challenges that hinder them from progressing in life and making meaningful contribution to their societies. Key among these challenges is lack of employment which leaves the youth idle and despaired and leads them to engage in immoral activities such as the popular crime known as SAKAWA (internet fraud). The major causes of unemployment among these youth is their inability to access skills and funds.
Learn4work has 7-steps to match Skills Training with the Labour Market. The steps are
Step 1: DEFINE AND ANALYSE THE LABOUR MARKET
Step 2: DEVELOP JOB PROFILE
Step 3: DEVELOP CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK
Step 4: DEVELOP THE TRAINING
Step 5: TEACH THE TEACHERS
Step 6: KEEP TRACK OF YOUR SUCCESS
Step 7: INNOVATE AND REACH OUT
Staff of Tamabits
JOSEPH CHARLES OSEI (Director)
IBRAHIM GYIMA (Trainer)
BACKGROUND OF OUR STUDENTS (TARGET AUDIENCE)
Tamabits works with youth between the ages of 18 to 26 living in urban and remote communities in the Northern Region of Ghana. Our mission is to ensure that the youth are equipped with ICT and entrepreneurial skills so that they are able to contribute positively towards thedevelopment of a society that acknowledges and provides them with opportunities for sustainability.The core problem that youth face according to our survey and market segmentation is lack of a skilled based education, marketable skills and access to labor market among the other issues.
The MTR for the project took place on 23rd June 2016 with employers of our students, alumni and current student trainees. It was a very good encounter. Employers told us what they expect of a student applying for a job. What they look out for etc. It was revealed that most of our completed students have secured jobs and are in the labour market. See pictures above.