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Certificate distribution ceremony of Advance Dress Making Training was held on 29th June 2019 at Government Technical Vocational Center for Women, Khar, Bajaur. Manager Skills Development, FDA Mr. Arshad Farooq was the Chief Guest. The 6-month training course for 20 women trainees was launched by FDA in close coordination with Market and Employment Project(MEP). Other participants included parents of the succesful trainees, officials from FDA, Coordinator from AC Office, representatives from Government Technical Vocational Center for Women Khar Bajaur, trainer, employers and staff of MEP.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Mr. Arshad Farooq emphasized that our society is traditional and women are not easily permitted to go out to learn and if they are permitted they carry an additional burden to prove the worth of these learnings. He appreciated the strategy of MEP in identifying employer and engaging women in income-generating activities before the commencement of training. He ensured that FDA will adapt the approach applied by MEP in their future training courses. He also shared that the Government Technical Vocational Center for Women is upgraded to Poly Technical College for Women due to the hard work and innovations by the Principal and Staff of GVTC. He assured cooperation of FDA with MEP in future project endeavors.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, successful trainees received certificates and tool kits from Mr. Arshad Farooq. The tool kits included sewing machine, iron, drafting table, thread box, scissor and accessories to facilitate the trainees in starting their own setup at home.
Rehmat Bibi, one of the 20 trainees is a divorcee with 4 sons. She did not have any source of income and was dependent on safety nets alone. Since 2010, she was going through huge economic crises. She says:
” I had learned knitting but there was no scope of knitting in my village. But learning dress making had demand in my village. Soon after completing my training course in dress making I was able to earn 6000 rupees a month. I could hardly believe that I have started earning. I bought clothes and stitched myself for my children.”
Story of Rehmat Bibi is one of the many women of newly merged Tribal Districts, whom have become bread-earners for their families due to Skills & Technical training programs of FATA Development Authority.