Integration Of Fabric And Leather As A Vocation By Pupils In Junior High School In Kumasi, Ashanti Region Of Ghana


N. A. Tetteh
M. Osei-Barnieh


Fabric and Leather have been in existence for a very long time in Ghana. This industry has a vast role to play in the socio-economic development which has not been fully exhausted. This study aims at introducing pupils to basic skills in fabric and leather decoration and to use that skill to integrate fabric and leather to produce articles and functionaries to solve basic socio-economic problems in our society. The study is a qualitative research and it rides on an action research method. The data for the study were collected from both primary and secondary sources. The primary sources of data were gathered from resource persons in the field of work and personal interaction with fabric and leather workers. The secondary sources were from books, journals and the internet. The study discovered significant ability of pupils to integrate fabric and leather in producing articles worth selling. It also outlines how efficient and productive pupils can be in the fabric and leather industry. The research gave pupils the experience and the opportunity to come into contact with some basic tools and materials used in fabric and leather. Certain recommendations were made which include: pupils of Junior High School across the country should be provided with all the logistics to enable them work with fabric and leather. Pupils should be exposed to more practical knowledge and experience of fabric and leather than theory. Also they should be given room to explore with the synthetic and natural dyes used in the study. It is recommended that improvised tools should be used in order to make production less expensive for pupils.