students who pursued courses in different skills graduated at the Fajara Skills
Development Centre - FSDC- over the weekend.
Held at the FSDC School at 5 Atlantic Boulevard in Fajara, the graduates were presented with certificates following their months long studies in hair dressing, cookery and nutrition, tailoring and beauty.
The skills development center is a sole proprietorship initiative founded in 1999 with programmes focusing on young women and housewives to address the growing number of unemployment among Gambian female population.
Binta Jammeh, Adama Sallah, Fatoumatta Cham, Fatou Y.S. Faye and Mariama Joof won sewing machines as outstanding students from the sewing department while Dimiga Amypofo, and Njimeh Badjan won cookers from the cookery department.
Proprietress of the center Jean Able Thomas reminded graduates that learning does not stop within the four corners of the class room but anywhere they find themselves. She said the graduates were exposed to social entrepreneurship.
She encouraged the graduates to work harder and to be focused, saying they should contribute to the scaling down of irregular migration that has led to the loss of lives of many productive young people like them. “Self-awareness creates creativity and leads to self-sustanance in which you can work and earn a living in a decent and dignify manner,” she stated.
United Nation Development Programme - UNDP- country representative Madame Ade Loekoetje said seeing young women taking skills development is gratifying, saying in an era where discrimination against women especially young women is happening, it is important to prepare and empower young girls.
Permanent secretary of the trade ministry Naffie Barry said her ministry will continue to support the creation of enabling environment for job creation, saying employment provides dignity because if one is self-reliant, that person is independent.