As you can imagine, a vocational training school (VTC) is no ordinary school. The campus is full of young adults high on zeal, pursuing a skill that they can make a living out of.
Scovia is no different.
Scovia met Maureen (our Livelihoods Officer) and I outside the schools main gate; she's taking us on a tour of the campus, including the hairdressing and cosmetic department where she studies.
Scovia is an aspirational twenty-one year old. She has two children, which she leaves at home with her sister to allow her to study each day.
Scovia continues walking around the school where she has passed the first year of a two year course, showing us the classrooms where she has her lectures, and then onto the practical rooms. The rooms are full of first year students. Along the right of the room there are 8 or 9 women sitting under the overhead hairdryers, on the left a few students having their hair washed in basins. Spread out everywhere in-between were students practicing their newly learnt skills on each other.
As we leave the VTC I think back to meeting and chatting with Scovia's lecturers. It was clear that their teaching style helped to foster the student's original excitement about the subject, developing it into enthusiasm and finally passion.
The next day, Scovia invites us to the Hope for Life Livelihoods building to watch as she puts in a weave for one of her clients.
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