National Artisan Training Centre

    The National Artisan Training Centre was inaugurated on Monday, June 10, 2013 by Hon. Ing. Dr. Joe Oteng Adjei, Minister, MESTI; supported by Dr. Abdulai Baba Salifu, D-G, CSIR; Ing. Dr. Eugene Atiemo, Director, CSIR-BRRI and Dr. Joseph A. Ampofo, Director, CSIR-WRI. Also in attendance were Hon. Kwaku Afrifa Yamoa Ponko, MCE, Ejusu-Juaben; Dr. Evans Addai, Member, CSIR-BRRI Management Board;

    Ing. Francis Afukaar, Deputy Director; Members of CSIR-BRRI IMC; Miss Adelaide A. Asante, MESTI; Representatives from CSIR-CRI and CSIR-FORIG.
    The ceremony simultaneously marked the official opening of the maiden Artisan Training Workshop.  

    Sod-cutting by the Hon. Minister The Dignitaries and Trainees

    Following newspaper advertisement, 49 Trainees reported from seven regions as follows: Western (6), Central (4), Eastern (6), Volta (6), Ashanti (21), Northern (1) and Upper East (5). There is no representation from Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo and Upper West Regions. The Trainees were accommodated at the Queens Hall, KNUST and Snack, Lunch and Supper provided them.
    The training involved lectures, practical sessions and field visits. Lectures were held between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 GMT. 

    Entrance Lobby Left: Stairs; Right: Disability Ramp
    Topics treated included: Introduction to and selection of Clay Bricks; Raw materials for Brick production;  Introduction to cement and Pozzolana; Site preparation; Brick production processes; Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB); Sandcrete Block manufacture; Concrete making techniques; Brick mortar; Brick deterioration and repair; Termite infestation and control; as well as Cost-Saving techniques.
    The training workshop ended on July 10, 2013 and trainees were awarded certificate of participation.
    Lecture in progress at Main Lecture Hall