On August 9, 2021, in the penitentiary institution 3\6, located in Yavan district, an exam was organized for 20 male prisoners who had been trained in the vocational course of "Sewing. Since June 20, 2021 started the process of the vocational course for 2 groups of male prisoners in the penitentiary institution 3\6 on profession of "Sewing".
Teachers of these courses adapted their curricula to organize vocational course taking into account the regime in the penitentiary institution. During the vocational course, all precautions for contamination of COVID-19 (masks, antiseptics and social distance) were observed. Two vocational courses (10 trainees of each course) were organized in newly renovated sewing workshop in the penitentiary institution 3\6.
Male prisoners who have a penchant for this profession and have a desire to develop sewing skills were selected for this course. It should be noted that the sewing profession is popular both in the penitentiary institution itself and out of it, and the acquired skills will enable male prisoners to get a job after release.
Among the course participants were men who already had the education background of a fashion designer, and combination of existing experience and new knowledge during the vocational courses gave a good result for the two groups as a whole. One of the listeners, who has the education background of a designer-technologist, noted, “During these courses I got into my favorite environment - fashion design, cut and tailoring! But I especially liked the fact that I saw the interest of other participants in this creative process ... ". Another participant noted: «I am really sure that after my release I will find a job as a tailor and will be engaged in sewing of clothes, I liked it before, but now I have a serious addition - this is a state certificate that confirms my profession”.
During the exam participants demonstrated the knowledge they gained, the ability to be creative in designing of clothes, safety rules while working with sewing equipment.
20 male prisoners received State Certificates, which are recognized in all countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The vocational courses are organized by the project partner, Public Organization “Jahon” in close cooperation with the branch of State Institution "Center for Adult Education of Tajikistan" of Yavan district which provides vocational course teachers.
This activity is carried out within the framework of the project “Promoting Access to Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights to Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners in Tajikistan” funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The project is being implemented by DVV International in Tajikistan in partnership with local civil society organizations “Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law” and “Jahon”.
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