Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers
(ANS – Brazzaville) – On the outskirts of the capital of the Republic of Congo, there is the Vocational Training Center (CFP) of the Salesian “Cité Don Bosco” center which, precisely in this popular district, welcomes many children. Many of the area’s younger inhabitants, in fact, are busy following the training courses offered by the Salesians. About 600 students (including 26 girls and 576 boys) attend this school every day.
Recently, in the Vocational Training Center, the Salesians have decided to create a workshop for future dressmakers. This is an extremely interesting initiative that focuses on disadvantaged women in the neighborhood. They are young people who have long since passed the age of schooling, in many cases single mothers, who the Salesians want to involve in a cutting and sewing course designed specifically for them. After a targeted professional training, the goal is to help them start a small income-generating activity compatible with the needs of the market.
There will be 35 women initially involved, and the benefits will obviously also fall on their families. In other words, it is an opportunity for development not only for the girls involved, but for the entire community. The project is supported by the Missionary Office of Turin – Don Bosco Missions and is part of women’s promotion programs.
The promotion of female talent starts from the establishment of vocational training courses for women, which become a springboard to guarantee a source of family income and legitimize a leading role as protagonists within the community to which they belong.
Poverty and the lack of life and work opportunities are fertile ground for gender inequality, which manifests itself in every area of public and private life. This is why learning a profession gives women the opportunity to claim the value of their role within the family and society.
Offering young people the tools to live in society, as citizens aware of their rights and duties, is also the main objective of the Salesian Cité Don Bosco in Brazzaville. For this reason, in the Center, in addition to the nascent laboratory for future dressmakers, there are already numerous other courses: mechanics, welding, carpentry, construction, agriculture and breeding, electrical installations, air conditioning.
The lessons are carried out thanks to the commitment and dedication of 28 teachers, who have 8 different classrooms where they can hold courses.
For more information on the project, visit www.missionidonbosco.org