STEKA Vocational Skills Training Center Pilots Out Two Courses
Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) vocational skills training center which aims at equipping vulnerable children with vocational skills in the country has piloted out two courses namely tailoring and designing as well as hair dressing and salon.
Disclosing this to Zodiak on Saturday , Principal for the institution , Mark Kholomana said so far a total of about 40 students have graduated in tailoring and designing and that the first cohort of hair dressing and salon is expected to be graduating in the next two months.
"You know, the need for vocational skills in the country is so huge. It is particularly so among vulnerable children as they cannot access them. We are therefore happy that were are contributing in helping these young men and women in becoming self-reliant", said Kholomana.
On his part, Executive Director for Step Kids Awareness orphan care under which the vocational center is, Godknows Maseko said the institution will serve as an exit strategy of the kids at the orphanage whereby once they are equipped with such skills they shall be re-integrated into the society where they will become self-reliant.
"For us this is a continuing project. We therefore thought of piloting out these courses in order to identify grey areas. We intend to introduce media production early next year as an additional course. “We are so glad that we are going towards achieving our dreams", said Maseko.
He added that some additional infrastructures are currently being constructed at the institution to be used as a child care institute where psychol social support and mental health mentors who are going to be offering such services to victimised children are going to be trained.
Maseko however said the dream of having a motor vehicle mechanic and a welding workshop at the institution is being hampered by lack of electricity at the institution as it is very far from the main power line.
Construction works for the vocation training center started in 2015 and is being supported by the lottery club of portobello in Scotland, as well as St Jones and Magdalena Parish of Scotland.