Hunan International V0cational College (HIVC) is currently training 45 Sierra Leoneans at YWCA, Brookfields for a 90-day period that started 29 October and will end 20 January 2020. Explaining about the program, Lamin Kamara from Ministry of Labour, said the Chinese Economic Counselor’s office is supporting the project. Kamara said there were many applicants who wanted to be part of the training process, but it was difficult for them as they had to make sure that they satisfy every region when they made the final selection. “According to the agreement we signed with the Counselor’s office, each of the participants that have taken part of the training will go with their machines and other materials so that they will have the equipment to start their lives.” Michael, who is one of the Chinese translators, said their delegation has three teachers, two translators and the coordinator that are in town for the training program. He said they are training 45 participants in sewing and stitching which is Chinese embroidery. He said since they started the training it has been interesting as the participants are eager to learn. “We are very happy to conduct this training and we are happy to be in Sierra Leone to teach these participants for them to be able to develop their skills that will move them away from poverty.”
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Michael said in January another Chinese team from Hunan will be in town to conduct the second phase of training for clay making and that will be done at the Milton Margai College of Technology (MMCET). One of the participants, Fatmata Kargbo, said she was opportune to be part of this training as she said she has already started sewing before coming, but said the embroidery is very important to her and she is taking it very seriously. “We are divided into three groups and I am the leader of group B. All of us are taking the training seriously because it is where we will get our livelihood when we finish. We are learning new things that we never known before and we are glad that after the training we will be given the machines and materials to help us set up our own shops.”
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