Following the successful graduation of the first group of students from Kaz'O'zah Keza's Art Innovation Incubator (AII) in June, the second class of students started at the beginning of August.
The students have already received their vocational training, ranging in skills from leather work, to tailoring, from jewelry making to weaving. So it was time for non-vocational courses to start.
The non-vocational courses of the AII are an incredibly important part of the program. The courses include numeracy and literacy, basic business and entrepreneurship, vocational English, creating and managing cooperatives, and creative thinking and leadership. These courses equip the AII students with life long skills that will help them succeed in their professions. Whilst a tailor might know how to sew, she will not necessarily know how to market her products, or how to adapt her products for changes in market conditions. With the innovative approach of the AII, this tailor will be taught these skills and equipped with this knowledge.
The students have just finished a week long course in basic business and entrepreneurship, taught in association with our training partner, PARJE, who have returned again after providing this course for the first AII program. PARJE have further refined and perfected their course, and the students are now benefiting from an introduction in to savings and loan fundamentals.
The next course to begin for the students is vocational English, starting in September.
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