To develop Sierra Leone’s middle-level manpower needs as well as complement government’s free quality education flagship project, the Betty Carew United Methodist Church (UMC) Women’s Center at Urban Center, Kissy in Freetown on Saturday 30th October 2021 graduated 15 women from its skills training center during its annual graduation and thanksgiving service.
In her sermon on the theme ‘A Woman of Dignity’ taken from 1st Timothy 3:1, the preacher, the Rev. Daisy Gbloh, Pastor in Charge, Bishop Boughman United Methodist Church entreated the graduates to be disciplined and professional in their work as well as be respectful reminding them that as women of substance they must also be examples to their children, customers, communities and families.
As women are working hard to overcome the numerous challenges facing them to take care of their families as well as participate in national development, the 15 grandaunts successfully completed three-year intensive courses in gara-tie dying, soap making, dressmaking, manufacturing of cleaning materials and other technical/vocational skills for self-reliance and national development.
In her keynote address, Mrs. Sia Fasuluku, Director in the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education (Technical/Vocational Directorate), admonished the grandaunts to gainfully use the skills acquired to further develop themselves, families and society by doing the right thing.
Mrs. Fasuluku commended the grandaunts for successfully going through the courses and encouraged them to go out and be sterling examples of the center, also use the certificates to apply to any of the new Technical Universities established by government and urged other young women to enroll at the center to learn income generating skills for self-reliance and economic empowerment.
She also encouraged them to be professional and timely in their work as a market strategy for customer satisfaction that would attract more customers, underscored the importance of capacity building stressing that women should be supportive to their husbands to take care of the family and observed that life is difficult for some people because they don’t want to make sacrifices to capacitate themselves but depend on handouts from government, donors and other well-wishes.
The keynote speaker revealed further that since government has approved two Technical Universities, it would encourage youths to acquire the highest degrees in their respective professions.
The graduation and thanksgiving service was held at the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, Kissy under the Distinguished Grand Chief Patronages of Mrs. Elmira I. Sellu, UMC Women’s Regional Missionary Leadership Development Initiative, Sierra Leone and Mrs. Mariama Jajua, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Rokel Commercial Bank.
Pastor Mrs. Ethel Sandy, UMC National Women’s Coordinator underscored that the focus of the center is to cater and train youths in all categories from Basic Education Certificate Examination to adulthood and that premium would be put on the learners.
One of the best grandaunts in tailoring, Musu Theresa Tengbeh received a purse for exemplary performance for which she expressed thanks and appreciation to the Carew Family in America for supporting the school with start-up kits that include sowing machines, scissors, tape rules, needles, boxes of tread and materials to sow through funds the family raised in America.
The Betty Carew Women’s Center trains girls between the ages of 12 to adulthood in various income generating skills for self-reliance and funds for the start-up kits were generated though funds raised by friends in America.