The Centre for Community, Regeneration and Development, CCREAD, has trained and graduated some 60 women and men in the domain of fashion and design, information and communication technology, hairdressing, among others.
The send-off ceremony took place on Saturday, June 25, at CCREAD building located in Bitwingi – Buea.
During the occasion, the trainees showcased the various activities that they have learned for 23 months at the institute.
They were admitted and trained for free and the majority of them comprised internally displaced persons, IDPs, and widows who probably have faced challenges owing to the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
Aside from just training and graduating them, CCREAD equally gifted some outstanding students with equipment that will enable them to kick off without necessarily waiting for someone to employ them. For example, those best students from the fashion and design department were given six new sewing machines; those in ICT given three new computers; while hairdressers were offered equipment as well.
According to the Director of CCREAD, Dr Ewang Hillary Ngide, the training and support of seed capital is part of his institution’s mission to touch lives.
He said the students were given quality training to be resistant and resilient enough because the job market is not for the weak.
“Even if they have to face challenges in the field, they have been equipped with the operational skills to face those challenges,” he said, adding that “they will do well in society”.
Aside from the vocational training, Dr Ewang said the students equally received skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and conflict management.
“Our expectation is for them to go into the job markets, create jobs and not start looking for jobs,” he told the press.
Ndive Sophie Nanyongo from the Department of Fashion and Design, was the best graduating student.
While expressing gratitude to CCREAD for the free training, she said she will start her own workshop.
“This training was not an easy one but I overcome because I was determined,” Sophie said. She added that she will “be self-employed and also train others in her community”.
CCREAD is a humanitarian non-profit NGO operating across Cameroon since 2006. It aims at fostering the social and economic empowerment of communities; promote environmental protection and sustainability.