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Sierra Leone News : Useful Hands Training Center Empowers 76 Women with Skills Opportunity
By John Koroma
Jul 14, 2017, 17:02
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Useful Hands Training Center on Saturday 8th July 2017 at a well-attended graduation ceremony at  the Door Christians Fellowship Church in the east end of Freetown, has certified seventeen six women who have successfully acquired various skills in Tailoring, Hair Dressing and Catering with the theme: Vocational Education , a tool for women empowerment.


The guest speaker of the ceremony, Reverend Manso Fornah speaking on the theme: Vocational Education, a tool for women empowerment said that Useful Hands Training Center has done a lot in terms of empowering young women and girls nationwide to acquire useful skills to be self-employed. He added that very soon Useful Hands Training Center will go international. He disclosed that his wife is one of the beneficiaries of Useful Hands Training Center and he went on to say that after his wife successfully completed her internship at the Useful Hands Training Center because of the knowledge and experience she acquired from the management skills of Useful Hands Training Center she was inspired to open a skill training institute at Jui and so far the institute has been a blessing to others.


He urged the graduates to replicate his wife so that they too will be able to touch the lives of others.  He added that through Technical and Vocational training women and young girls have so much to tap from especially in making them useful to society and he went on to say that young girls and women should seize the opportunity and say no to ill statement that kitchen is the only place for them. 


‘Women have values please don’t let men to foolish you, ‘said Reverend Manso Fornah. Reverend Manso Fornah went on to say that there are many issues that are affecting young girls and women from acquiring technical and vocational education like self-esteem, early marriage , prostitution , way word living ,no determination  and he urged the graduates take their work seriously.’ Pay now and play later and don’t play now and pay later you will ended up regretting,’ he said. He went further by highlighting some of the benefits of technical and vocational training: self-employ, dignity, respect, add to society, poverty will run away.


The principal of Useful Hands Training Center, Reverend Benjamin Bangura whilst reporting on the activities of the training institute said that most people think the only education in the world is formal education. He went on to say that research have proven that the demand for formal education has dropped because most people cannot afford the finance for formal education. He added that it is not correct to say that technical and vocational education is only for school dropout because technical and vocational education pays than that of formal education. He therefore urged the parents of the graduates to invest more into their children to be self-employed. He disclosed that their institution engage more on practical work to better prepare their students to better fit into the market.

He added that they offer marketable courses and the 2016 -2017 academic year was successful as they were able to certify seventy six graduates and come 2017-2018 academic year they will prepare their first student to take the NCTVA exams. He went further to say that they want to compete with others in the job market. He added that as a result of that they will introduce courses like Banking and Finance, Business Management, Community Development Studies and he further that they already have quality lectures to handles the new modules. He concluded by calling the general public and development partners for partnership because their institute is on the transition stage and they need more to make it useful for young girls and women to better improve their lives.


The Alumni of the Useful Hands Training Center expressed their profound thanks and appreciations to the institute for the knowledge they have imparted into them which they say have made them useful to society.

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