Finn Church Aid (FCA) Nepal has been working towards supporting marginalized communities with quality education and livelihood. FCA Nepal cooperates with Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Nepal to enhance women’s and youth’s access to quality vocational skills training and technical education.
Monitoring the ongoing projects as well as raising awareness for importance of technical and vocational education and training
UCEP runs various skills trainings for the marginalized communities all over Nepal. FCA’s Teachers without Borders volunteers, placed at UCEP Nepal along with its staff, conducted a field trip to Far-Western Region of Nepal for monitoring of the ongoing projects as well as raising awareness for importance of technical and vocational education and training to the marginalized communities.
The ongoing projects visited were Mason skill training for Kamaiya and Tailoring skill training for Kamalari and Halaiya communities as well as orientation for the local communities about the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
The project participants are from very marginalized societies and are economically weak to even sustain their daily basic needs. However, they are very much motivated for the training and believed that this training and the skills they acquire will help them with self-employment as well as providing them with better job options in the future. Most of the participants of the Mason training highlighted the requirement of such training in order to make oneself a qualified technician. Whereas the Tailoring training participants due to their poor economic aspects, emphasized in the need of post training tool support for retention of the skills and work towards being entrepreneurs.
”I believe that I will have better opportunities because of this training. I am aware of the possibilities of foreign employment but hopefully will start something of my own in Nepal. ”
”This first phase, a three-month-training, is very short and I would definitely like to continue to the second phase in the future.”
Amidst their day to day difficulties and the socio-economic problems, the participants were happy and thankful to FCA and UCEP for organizing the trainings and providing them with the possibilities to participate.
Text and photos: Sunil Suwal