Eastern Nagaland : Thirty girls from the Eastern districts of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire successfully completed a 3-month multi-skill development programme sponsored by the Department of Under Developed Areas (DUDA) under UDAP programme.
The girls were trained at Tabitha Craft & Design, a livelihood wing of ‘Resource Centre’ located at Darogapathar. The multi-skill development training comprised of cutting and tailoring, garment and bag making, beading and accessories, toy making, card making with pressed flower and photo frames, counseling, and value and self-esteem sessions.
The training is in line with the State government’s policy on gender budgeting and one of DUDA’s mission to provide livelihood sustenance to the backward and weaker sections.
Commissioner & Secretary, DUDA, L Kire, IFS, who was the chief guest at the culmination programme of the training held here at ‘Resource Centre’ on Monday, lauded the “holistic approach” of the Centre in imparting training to the trainees. Kire said the exemplary commitment of the husband-wife duo, Rev. Dr. Coppe Mero and Dr. Adela Mero, is an inspiration and that other people should draw lessons from them.
“In just three months, you (trainees) have been transformed into new individuals. Imbibe whatever you have learnt into your character and share them with your friend and others when you go back home,” Kire told the trainees.
The Commissioner & Secretary also said it was high time to change the “backward tag” and said the Eastern Nagas have lots of qualities including positive outlook, which other Naga tribes can also learn. He stated the Eastern Nagas should not only aspire to be at par with the so-called “advanced tribes” but strive to outdo the “advanced tribes.” Kire further stressed on discipline and time management as the determining factors in one’s life. The chief guest also handed training completion certificates to the trainees.
Rev. Dr. Coppe Mero, in his briefing on the training report, said the focus of the Resource Centre is not only imparting skills but also building relationship amongst the trainees belonging to different tribes, instilling dignity of labour, giving counseling and value and self-esteem sessions. He also thanked DUDA for giving the Resource Centre the opportunity to “minister” the trainees.
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