A fresh set of community women in Yola have enrolled for a three-month free vocational skills and literacy training organized by the Office of Community Service on October 9.
“The essence of the training is to financially empower women in the community with some basic skills, for them to be independent financially and to alleviate poverty, as most depend on their husbands for financial help,” explained the Director of the Office of Community Service, Mohamadou Dabo.
Mrs. Hadiza Umar, one of the facilitators and President of the Women’s Association, also stated that the crux of the training was to expunge poverty and allow women to support their families financially.
Over 150 participants from different communities in Yola were recruited in every cohort to undergo training on different skills, including tailoring, knitting, shoemaking, perfumery, soap and air freshener making, and with the learning materials freely provided for them as well.
“We have trained more than a thousand women in this program, Mr. Dabo said. He added that the scheme, which commenced three years ago, has benefited many women.
Another facilitator at the tailoring section, Mrs. Sa’adatu M. Bello, said she learned how to make leather bags and sew dresses as a trainee at the program. She makes and sells these items, which have greatly helped her in supporting her family financially.
Mr. Dabo explained the criteria for enrolling in the training: “If you want to be part of the training, you take the adult literacy class,” which takes place twice weekly. He also said that after the skills training, the trainees would train further on financial literacy, where they would learn how to start and run a business successfully.
Also, as a way of encouraging them after the training, the office hopes to create a platform (local and international) where the trainees could market their products to raise funds. Mr. Dabo said, “We are planning to rent a store somewhere for them… It will encourage them to bring their products to sell… We are also working with Communications students to market it for them online.”
Mr. Dabo advised participants to take the training very seriously and be punctual as anyone found wanting might be dismissed from the training. The best five trainees at the end of every batch were selected to join the cooperative and for advanced training.
By Anthonia Udokwu