Hunan International Vocational Business College (HIVBC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour are conducting a three month training program for 45 Sierra Leoneans at the YWCA, and the training on sewing and embroidery has intensified. As 2019 came to a close, the 45 assiduous Sierra Leonean youths have made wide strides in the learning of stitching/embroidery and sewing skills under the guidance of six Chinese teachers. The Training Course on Stitching and Sewing Skills was launched in late October this year in Freetown and it is supposed to end on the 20th of January 2020. The 90 days training course is sponsored by the Chinese government and implemented by HIVBC and supported by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and it aims to build up the capacity of Sierra Leonean youths by teaching them professional stitching/embroidery and sewing skills. The Coordinator of the program Emma said they are very pleased with the determination and support from the students and they have had a wonderful time in teaching these Sierra Leoneans, skills that would help empower them for self sustainability. She said the first two months of the training went well and the six Chinese tutors were impressed with the cooperation they had from the students to increase their knowledge at a faster rate. Esther Yandie Conteh, one of the diligent female students of the training course, has mastered important stitching and embroidery skills which allow her to make gorgeous women’s dresses and well-designed children’s clothes.
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She said, “As a girl who comes from a poor family and never got a chance to continue education after primary school, I simply can’t say “Thank you” enough to the two governments for organizing such an educative and meaningful course and to the Chinese teachers who came all the way from China. Thanks to their hard work, I am able to sew and learn the embroidery skills from almost zero experience in this area. Now with the stitching machine and fabrics given by the Chinese government, I plan on starting up my own shop in the future.” In recent years, human resources development has been one of the highlights in the cooperation between China and Sierra Leone. This year marks the first year that Chinese government holds a training course on stitching and sewing skills in Sierra Leone, with a view to contributing positively in the fight against the high unemployment rate of youths in the country. Last year, they trained Sierra Leoneans on clay making at Waterloo and Lunsar and a second team will be in town this month to do the second part of the clay making.
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