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098 - Vocational Education for BMC Night Schools

posted Jul 20, 2017, 10:05 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 10:05 AM ]
Mumbai, July 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Matunga successfully completed a Vocational Education Program for more than 400 night school children from Mumbai. This project was in collaboration with MASOOM organization and commenced on 03-October-2016 in 17 night schools run by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The vocational education program included: Electrician, Mobile Repairing, Beautician and 2-3 wheeler repairing. Night Schools which operate in the evening between 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, to serve the migrant / working class population were the venues where these skills were imparted.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive director – DBDS) specially thanked Mr. Royal D’souza and the entire outreach department of DBCL, Kurla (Mumbai) for supporting DBDS team in the implementation of this project. DBDS staff conducted this program twice a week for two hours each, in all the 17 night schools. Students were motivated and also eager to learn new skills. In addition to the experience this program will also provide the students with an extra income through DBDS placement assistance in the respective fields.

Through this program, school dropout and unemployed youth got a chance to equip themselves with employable skills and those who were already working got a chance to upgrade their pre-existing skills. Another positive result of the vocational education program was that it saw an increase in the regular attendance of the night schools.