Pride and joy at graduation

2017-07-18 06:01
Some of the 120 students who graduated from a skills development programme offered by the Where Rainbows Meet training and development foundation in Vrygrond.

Some of the 120 students who graduated from a skills development programme offered by the Where Rainbows Meet training and development foundation in Vrygrond.

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It was a moment of celebration as 120 students were recognised for their commitment and hard work last Friday.

The Where Rainbows Meet training and development foundation held its mid-year graduation ceremony at Capricorn Primary School in Vrygrond. A total of 120 students graduated after receiving training in computer literacy, small business development and sewing and beading.

The three-month course is free for the unemployed. There is also an evening slot for classes for the employed, which is not free.

Foundation director Mymoena Scholtz says it was a proud ­moment.

“Our graduates walked across the stage, cloaked and capped, and accepted their certificates with so much pride and joy. It was an achievement of a lifetime for them,” she says.

“We have been doing this programme for the last 19 years. We started in a small space in the Vrygrond Library. We have grown from strength to strength and now we have a well-established computer lab. “[The graduation ceremony] is not just a celebration of achievements, but also proud moments between students, facilitators and the communities we serve in which we grow and develop together. Where there is potential, we will develop. There are so many challenges and we hope that these certificates will open more doors for those who graduated.

“It is not always easy coming out to empower oneself. I know because I had to motivate a woman from Lavender Hill to come out and improve her knowledge and skills,” she says.

The next course will start on Monday 24 July depending on the number of students.

V For more information on these classes call the foundation on 021 701 0328.

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