It has been widely accepted within the Post 2015 discourse that to impact poverty in future, it will be necessary to create conditions that can provide capabilities and an enabling environment that will ensure that people can take charge of their lives and lift themselves out of poverty.
Through the Skills Development Initiative, we seek to address the issue of underemployment and poverty amongst the youth in Itojo Subcounty due to a lack of skills .
We achieve this ensuring that young people have access to training that will enable them to acquire marketable and transferable skills to enable them to have an equitable chance of accessing work and/or creating their own employment opportunities in the local economy.
In the last post, I provided you with an update on our Introduction to Computing for rural communities workshops. This post is about the tailoring workshops.
The initial take up of the tailoring workshops has been low with only four boys and eight girls choosing this workshop.
But according to Alex the end of term feedback has indicated that in fact many of those taking part in the computing workshops would rather be in the tailoring workshop. This will be addressed after the Easter break and in consultation with participants.
As part of our sanitation program, we have been very keen to improve menstrual hygiene amongst teenage girls in Ruhanga and one of the products from the first tailoring workshops is handmade sanitary towels.
A key aspect of the workshop has been ensuring that participants can cut fabric and operate a sewing machine
Komujuni Daphine, is 14 years and about to leave Primary School. She is interested in acquiring tailoring skills because as someone from a poor background, she is unlikely to continue in formal education. This is because her parents lack the financial means that would ensure that she goes onto secondary school and beyond. She hopes that, the tailoring skills gained through this initiative would help her start her own business or access work somewhere else.
Daphine’s reasons for being part of the tailoring workshops sum up reasons why initiatives such as this are needed. What hope is there for rural girls such as Daphine whose parents can’t afford to pay for further education?
The community-based centre where the tailoring workshops are delivered is now in need of expansion to meet demand and, as such, we now require a further classroom to ensure the girls such as Daphine have the necessary access to the training and equipment they require.
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