The Ghona Vocational Training Centre for the Deaf held its fourth graduation ceremony last month, which exhibited the work of its students over the year. In this year (2015) 16 trainees have graduated their carpentry and tailoring courses, this including 12 girls who pursued tailoring and four boys who persued carpentry courses. These students revealed that being at the Ghona centre for three years has changed their lives and made them feel proud and have confidence in the community despite of their deafness.
They also said that they have acquired more than just the knowledge of carpentry and tailoring - they have learned life skills, knowledge in agriculture and entrepreneurship from the school projects. This have been essential for their career and community development. Moreover, the process of involving local community and students in all school projects such as poultry, livestock, school garden and school shop as a part of life skill training was described as some of the important things which have inspired both parents and students to appreciate the quality of vocational training offered in the centre.
The guest of honor was the District Educational Officer. In his speech he said that the “government is very excited with what is going on in the centre and willing to provide any necessary support for it sustainability”. The District Education Office was also responding the issue of teachers’ shortage and argued that government recognises such challenges and has planned to allocate more teachers in the coming year and offer support to any new courses which will be introduced in the centre.
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