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48 Graduate From Sewing Centre

48 Graduate From Sewing Centre
The Fiji Trades Union Congress-organised march in Suva on October 21, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 16
07:33 2014

Forty-eight people have graduated from Fiji’s First Sewing Centre, since it was established in 2012.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Women, Dr Jiko Luveni.

She said the school was established to create employment and income-generating opportunities for able-bodied social welfare recipients including individuals living with disabilities.

Managed by the Fiji National Council of Disabled Persons (FNCDP), the aim is to assist welfare recipients to move from welfare to workfare and to have the opportunity for self-reliance for themselves and their future generations.

The graduates, Dr Luveni said, currently were using the skills they learned to earn their living and were successful.

“They are also getting the support from the people living around them,” she said.

The centre she said served to deliver the mandates enshrined in Fiji’s 2013 Constitution, Bill of Rights, 42-Clause 2, ‘A person with any disability has the right to reasonable adaptation of buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, working arrangements, rules, practices or procedures, to enable their full participation in society and effective realisation of their rights.’

Dr Luveni acknowledged the ministry’s valuable partners without whom they would not have come this far – Courts Fiji – Limited for providing sewing training, discounted prices for women to purchase the machines.

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