ESSENTIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SFORD understands that every human being has some potential and it is possible to kindle the latent talent through interactive interactions. It is possible to develop skills through short duration training intervention in a conductive environment.
Vocational training should base upon present socio-economic condition of area, feasibility of traditional and new traits. Proper training may improve basic amenities in rural area.
The education of head is taken care of by the formal school but the education of ‘Hands’- the skill development; the capability to fetch employable quality; the confidence of employing-self, etc. – remains almost absent throughout the formal education years, therefore in present times, most of the educated youths turns out to be the unemployed. It is because; their ‘Hand Education’ is absent.
SFORD Vocational Training Setup is developed with a plan to offer skill based training to one and all that come in contact with SFORD. The students, teacher, office staff, uneducated adults, housewives and others will be offered training programs suiting to their learning and earning needs.
SFORD follows some basic steps as preliminaries before starting training. We believe that in rural areas, it is better to give them Vocational Awareness as first mandatory step. Vocational awareness activities enable educators to introduce functional skill development into academic content areas. Along with teaching math or reading as abstract concepts, a demonstration of how these skill sets are used in real-life occupations may heighten a student’s ability to learn and apply the academic material.
For this, we make available career awareness opportunities to young rural mass. Inspirational videos are shown in which they tend to know about various skills opted by successful entrepreneurs with similar social and economic background. In the next phase, we provide them with real-life and practical experiences through expert talks and field trips. To promote individuality in our program, we make sure to let the students be creative and explore their interest area.
Consequently, we incorporate these skill based trainings in academic framework and curriculum in SFORD Academy. Likewise, various skill based programs are run by SFORD like Computer Hardware, Stitching, Rug Making, Pot Painting, Cooking, Mehndi Art, and Soft Toys Making.
Young rural boys are given the training of Computer Hardware. They know how to assemble a computer system, configure the devices and installation of software. Along with this, they also learn basic MS-Office.
Though the skill of basic Stitching is inherited in rural girls from the women in their community. We teach them how to bring finishing in their work. Rural girls have learnt to stitch kurtis and kids’ uniforms of SFORD Academy. Sewing machines are also given to young girls to motivate them so that they can keep on continue enhancing their skill.
Beautiful patterns are engrossed on sand pots to increase their value. These pots are used to decorate homes and offices. We encourage Pot Painting with a view that it may emerge as a good economic activity in these villages. Rugs are made out of old bed sheets and saris. They learn Rug Making with 3 techniques: knotting, weaving and braiding.
Our rural girls are well versed with the traditional Culinary Art of western Rajasthan. We make an effort to merge that art with latest techniques of cooking. Similarly, Mehndi or Henna art is enhanced giving them exposure of latest designs.
SFORD motivates kids and staff for Horticulture Activities which prevent them feeling hostile towards their traditional and inherent skill. Horticulture training is provided with organic farming techniques. The crops and vegetables are grown in the SFORD kitchen garden. SFORD Flower Garden is prepared by rural kids with flower and fruit plants. Along with this, incensed sticks are also made using cow dung and rose flower petals grown in the SFORD Campus.
You are requested to come forward as volunteer and help us in imparting the employable skill amongst the most needed part of the society and make their lives fulfilling and enriching.