One of the KnK projects in Bangladesh is the Vocational Training of sewing and weaving. This term, a total of 64 students from 3 villages have completed the 6months tailoring course, after successfully passing the exams.
(numbers of graduates : Jarabari 25 student, Luxmonkathi 19 students, Asoa 20 students )
In the written exam, being prepared by instructors, students are tested on their understanding of the concepts taught during the term. The students have an hour to fill out all the answers. Examples of the questions are:
- The names of sewing machine parts and its functions
- Various of fabrics (more than 10 kinds), their characteristics and the uses.
- How to use cutting patterns, and the length of blouse, petticoat (worn under sari), baby dresses
For the practical exam, each student was required to make an outfit of their choice such as children’s dress and petticoats.
Tables for sewing machines were used to write the exams.
Sewing a product they wish to make, during the practical exams.
We later held a graduation ceremony for the students who successfully passed both of the exams. From today, the graduates will be cooperative members and start taking orders to earn some money.
The cooperative leader explains to the students the work of cooperative activities in Luxmonkathi.
Graduates from Jarabari centre. (The instructor Anju,
is on the far right. This photo was enlarged and
hung on the wall of the centre)
Nipa (right, in the photo) graduated from Luxmonkathi centre this term. In the exam, she wrote down the most detailed and accurate answers among the students, and showed off her excellent cutting skills with confidence. She tells us that she has attended this training course previously. “Last time I joined the training, I couldn’t continue because my family opposed the idea. This time, I convinced my husband and his parents to let me attend the training again. I’m so glad that I’ve finally finished the entire course. As I have a sewing machine at home, I want to start taking orders from other villagers one by one. This outfit Aki is wearing is made by me!!”
Since it is not common for women in this region to work outside the house, her husband and her family are not very supportive for her to work. Despite this, Nipa keeps her chin up and keeps on going looking at the bright future ahead of her.
Aki (left, in the photo) is a relative of Nipa’s husband. She cheerily tells us, “I’ve been to this centre several times with Nipa. I’m going to enroll for the next semester!”
In rural area in Bangladesh, women often lack means and skills to gain sufficient income. The students who sign up for our training courses are eager to gain those skills through sewing in order to broaden their opportunities. These skills do not only help them improve their lives financially, but also socially within their communities. KnK continues to support these women to stand behind their big dreams.
Reported by Miwa Toki, Project Coordinator