Vocational Training Programme
Preparing a determined mind in a disabled body for independent existence.
Naturally, all human beings strive for material, physical, and spiritual freedoms. This is true whether one is able-bodied or disabled. For a child who comes from a very poor family and who is also physically disabled, the stakes against him/her are multiplied manifold. This is particularly true when developing a wage-earning skill is the only option available to break free from a cycle of abject poverty, childhood marriage, abusive relationships, and premature death. Add to this the double burden of being a girl (in certain parts of the world) and being disabled and the odds against becoming self-sufficient in adulthood become overwhelming.
At SKSN, we have witnessed this first-hand. In talking to literally hundreds of children on a one-to-one basis and in group discussions, the single most concern expressed by the children, boys and girls alike, was, “How will I earn a living?” Most despaired about becoming a burden on their family, of not finding a life partner, and of having to resort to a life of begging or worse. Against this background, Polio Children’s Vocational Training Programme was established. The trends in the local job market were studied and vocations manageable by persons with physical disabilities identified. Based on these assessments, appropriate training programs were created.
A computer learning centre was established in July 2009. The centre is equipped with 50 computers and provides introductory courses to the school’s 370+ students ranging in age from 7 – 18 years. Our plan is to eventually dedicate a part of the centre towards vocational training in software development and computer repairs.
Set up in 2004, the lab, which supplies the children with prosthetic limbs and mobility devices such as calipers and crutches, also serves as a Vocational Training Programme to interested students who are taught how to make and repair them as a trade.
Below shows the breakdown of vocational training programs that Polio Children has supported since the program’s inception in 2007.
- Prosthetics : 5
- Elec./motor eng. : 10
- Computer lab : 200
- Tailoring : 30
- Computer Lab : 60
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