Women Graduate in Personal Hygiene and Housekeeping

Forty seven women fromthe Moresby South electorate, graduated yesterday with certificates in Personal Hygiene and Housekeeping.


The course has given most ofthem a chance at education, but most importantly an opportunity to mover away fromthe informal sector business and into formal employment.

The course is a shared initiative by NCD’s TVET program andthe Be ssed Hope Foundation.


The women gthered atthe Kaugere Living Light Four Square Church in Port Moresby, all formally dressed and ready to receivetheir certificates.


The six-week course was a turning point for most ofthe women.


Trainer and Director ofthe Be ssed Hope Foundation, Sally Laeka saidthe course was a first of its kind, and it was a challenge for her as most ofthe women had little or no formal education.


During her speech, Mrs Laeka said, local MP Justin Tkatchenko and Governor Powes Parkop must create avenues for women to seek ther business opportunities or formal employment.


She said many ofthem depend heavily onthe informal marketosuch as selling buai. Withthe buai ban in place, women will face hardships because for some, it istheir sole means of earning an income.


NCDC has also publishedthe draft National Capital District Betel Nut control bill, emphasizing its point to regulatethe sale of buai inthe city in preparation for several major international events in Port Moresby.


Minister Tkatchenko was on hand to presentthe certificates tothe women. He said women who are dependent onthe informal market system must think broadly and aim for higher goals. Engagingthemselves in such programs will givethem that opportunity to do so.


Minister Tkatchenko said he will write and advise business houses and hotels thatthere are women who are certiflied in housekeeping, and ready to work.


There are plans to also engage men in machine operation courses to meetthe demand in PNG rsquo;s rising industrial activities.

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