A total of 42 women and girls have benefited from a Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Countering Youth and Child Labour Through Education (CYCLE) project, after a graduation ceremony.
Twenty students out of thirty for the Waterloo centre and twenty two out of thirty from the Goderich centre over the weekend received certificates, start-up kits which includes sewing machines and other materials after successfully completing a two years training session in tailoring, cloth weaving’ bead crafting and literacy numeracy.
The CYCLE project which is funded by the United States Department of Labour is geared towards the sustainable reduction of child labour in selected communities in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
To effectively implement the project, IRC worked with local partners in the two countries.
Iin Sierra Leone it is working with FAWE in selected communities in the Western Urban and Western Rural, and Community Action for Rural Development (CARD) in Kono and Tongo field.
According to the project officer Aloysius Kamara, said that the goal of the CYCLE project is that the prevalence of exploitative child labour is sustainably reduced.
Mr Kamara also stated that FAWE’s role in the implementation of the CYCLE project I is sensitising communities in the Western Rural which include Waterloo, Lumpa and Tombo and the Western Urban which include Goderich and Aberdeen.
The project officer maintained that the sensitisation is mainly based on the evils of child labour and the importance of education.
Adding that FAWE also demonstrated how this could be done by re-establishing its skills training centres in these areas.
The CYCLE programme manager Sia Mbayo urged them to learn special tailoring to captivate customers.
Adding that they should not limit themselves only to sewing baby’s dresses and gown for women but they should go out and improve on the skills they already have.
“You should also give confidence to your customers as this will also help you generate more income.”
The chairman of the ceremony Mrs Ann-Marie Kandeh Education Manager FAWE said her organisation is paying great attention to the education of women and girls. She also stated that the start- up kit will be used for self employment so they should use them wisely.