“ If you educate a man, you educate one person but if you educate a woman, you educate the nation.”
There are scores of young women in rural communities who could not pursue formal education or have dropped out of school due to lack of financial support, poverty, teenage pregnancy, cultural beliefs and physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS infections. Some on the other hand finished their basic education and wished to learn a trade or vocation but could not enroll due to the cost involved.
Majority of these young women end up in early marriages with no sustainable job making their lives difficult due to abuse and neglect from their husbands and families and are therefore left alone to care for themselves and their children. With no employable skills and lack of family support, these young women end up either in sex trade, slaves to other families, migrate to cities to sell in the streets or even commit suicide. This results to child mortality, death, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases hence the deepening of poverty.
In our commitment to championing the United Nations goal number 1, that is No Poverty, and in our quest to bring sustainable change in the lives of these women, The Apprenticeship and The Production Programme was designed. The Apprenticeship and the Production Programme is a twin project that aim to train women in income generating skills and offer descent employment in sustainable fashion.
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This is a coagulation of skills training with much emphases on sewing and dressmaking. Sewing and dressmaking are less expensive yet lucrative venture which can generate and help increase the income and sustain the family both in the short and long term. The training is formal, theoretical and skills base. It focuses on the holistic development of the trainee or apprentice in order to develop entrepreneurial skills and to be able serve both local and international clients.
During their training, they will be taken through
1. Both theory and intensive practical sewing methods
2. Basic English and Mathematics lessons
3. Training of other forms of vocation like batik tie-die, soap making, bead making, animal keeping and red oil making.
They shall be taken through different sewing methods on how to sew anything wearable with the use of sustainable/ethical fabric. Attention will also be given to the use of local fabrics like Kente.
The apprentices will be assisted with a sewing machine, a startup capital or be re-engaged as an instructor and professional seamstress in the Production centre.
The Production Programme
The Production programme is the twin of the Apprenticeship Programme. Here, the young women who successfully graduate from the Apprenticeship programme are engaged to sew for the purposes of generating income and job creation. This is a social enterprise model of which orders and contracts are received from both local and international organizations, government and private institutions and individuals. Cost of products and services are moderate in order to cater for all classes of people.
Some of the work they shall be doing at the Production centre will include sewing of women and men attires, boys and girls attires, babies dresses, office wears, belts, bags, kitchen table cloth and room covers, curtains, shoes etc. There shall also be embroidery and design of shirts. Anything wearable is produce at the centre. Quality and timely delivery of orders will be our hallmark.
Profits realized at the Production centre will be used to pay salaries, for maintenance and for the replication of the Apprenticeship and Production Programme in other districts in Ghana and Togo.
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” Diane Mariechild.
The Apprenticeship Programme and The Production Programme is currently operational based in the Ho West District and Ho Municipal respectively of the Volta Region of Ghana. The project shall be extended to Adaklu district, Oti Region, and the northern part of Ghana. The programme shall further be extended to Togo in the long term.
The programme is open to women between the ages of 18 to 45.
Selection of apprentices for the Apprenticeship programme is open to all interested applicants beginning of every year. Background criteria for selection will include; poverty, economic standing, culturally sideline, breadwinner, domestically violated, school dropped out, physically disable,
Training at the Apprenticeship centre will take 12 months.
The apprentices will be sponsored to write National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) examination to enable them apply for job in both government and private institutions and enroll in a degree programme
The programme in the short run aims to offer opportunities to young women to acquire employable skills free of charge and in the long run give these women the opportunity to be economically and socially stable, to be able to feed and care for their families, and contribute to the overall development of themselves and their communities hence breaking the cycle of poverty.
The centres will also offer local job opportunities in office management, securities, carpenters, masons and electricians. This will directly put food on the table and create family and community development.
Both the Apprenticeship and the Production Programme are self-sustainable. After the first two years of establishment both centres can exist with limited support. This is because, the centres shall generate substantial revenue for its maintenance, payment of salaries, purchase of equipments and expansions to other districts and countries.
All are invited to join this self sustainable project by sponsoring the project, becoming a partner and by volunteering during construction of the centre or teaching the apprentices.