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042 - Graduation Day: Empowering 353 Youth

posted Jan 7, 2017, 7:48 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jan 7, 2017, 7:48 AM ]
Mumbai – 7th January 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) held graduation ceremony for 353 students at Don Bosco International School, Matunga. This day marked the culmination of hard work and dedication of these students from the slums of Mumbai, who completed their vocational training in Computer (Basic & Tally), Beauty Care (Skin & Hair), Tailoring, Mehandi and Spoken English.

Fr. Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director of DBDS) welcomed the Chief Guest Mrs. Misia from Asha Foundation (Switzerland) and also the guest of honour Fr Cedrick Sankul (Principal of Don Bosco English Medium School, Ahmednagar). Fr Rolvin in a particular manner congratulated Miss Jyoti Bederkar – who started her own beauty parlour in less than a week after she finished her beautician’s course at Don Bosco. He reminded the students to make use of the various skills that they have learnt in last 3 months either by finding a job or doing a small scale entrepreneurship at home.

The event began with a short prayer service and by honouring Don Bosco. In his commencement address, Mrs Misia congratulated the students and applauded them for successfully completing their various courses.

This was followed by sharing of experience by the four graduating students. All of them were extremely grateful to Don Bosco for giving them excellent quality training free of cost; they also voiced out their thanks to the staff and the teachers. Ms. Heena Khan who completed the Beauty care course mentioned that if not for Don Bosco it wouldn’t have been possible for her to do this course outside – given the high fees charged in other places.

Some magnificent performances by the students in the domain of fashion show, dances and skits then followed. This part of the event was thoroughly entertaining and thrilling – the gathering enjoyed this the most. The students had also displayed various things learned by them in their training period. The students went back home refreshed by the snacks and enriched by the training.