3 January 2013

Gambia: FSDC CEO Honoured for Women Empowerment

After graduating 150 students mainly women in various fields of life skills, the proprietress and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Fajara Skills Development Centre (FSDC) has recently been honoured by the Women's Empowerment and Development Association (AWEDA), a non-profit community-based organisation based in Nova Scotia, Canada. The excellence award is mainly for people who strive hard to empower women around the world.

In an interview with this paper, shortly after this memorable award, Jane Able Thomas said she felt humbled by the award and that it has shown that the work she had rendered has not gone without notice. She pointed out that dealing with young women and girls, trying to empower them or make sure that they acquire skills and get job for their future is time consuming, but pays in the long run. Madam Thomas said that the award has the potential to reenergise her efforts to the cause of women.

Giving her New Year's resolution, FSDC CEO said her dream is to have Fajara Development Skill Centre in its on land so that her ambition of helping 500 women every year can be met. She was however quick to note that this goal of hers cannot be achieved now because of limited space and lack of sponsorship.

She disclosed that the school is currently offering some relevant courses such as sewing, cookery and hair dressing, but that students are compelled to do English language, basic mathematics, computing and French among others. She said that the school is limiting itself to this for the meantime but in the long run, with availability of funding more courses would be offered.

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