To commence the 2021 vocational training plan, on the morning of 26 March, the Vocation Centre of Hanoi Blind Association organized the opening ceremony for kumquat training courses for the visually impaired.
Joining the ceremony were Mr. Doan Tuan Dung – the vice deputy of REACH Institute, Mr. Le Trung Quyet – the president of Hanoi Blind Association, Mr. Tran Trung Hieu – the director of Vocational Centre, along with 28 students of the two kumquat courses, basic and advance level.
Mr. Tran Trung Hieu – the director of Vocational Centre of Hanoi Blind Association expressed: “The opening ceremony today for basic and advance kumquat classes is the initial activity of the Centre’s vocational training programs for the visually impaired in 2021”.
The courses will take place until August 2021. Students enrolling in the two vocational courses will receive a full scholarship of 5 million VND per student for the basic course and 2 million VND per student for the advanced course. Besides this, thanks to the coordinators’ effort in gathering social resources for the vocational training program, students will also receive the support of 50 000 VND per day for transportation costs.
At the ceremony, Mr. Doan Tuan Dung, vice deputy of REACH Institute for research and educational support, shared: “REACH Institute is very happy to be a partner in this project and contribute to supporting the Centre’s training program for the blind. In the past 4 years, REACH has accompanied the Dong Da Blind Association and City Blind Association in the Step Up project, providing the members with vocational courses specializing in soft skills, customer relations, language courses, to navigate and strengthen the visually impaired people’s employment capacity”.
Mr. Dung also hopes that society will give more attention to vocational training services, since providing employment to the blind is the most effective solution to reinforce their confidence and initiative in life, from which they can create meaningful values for their community and society.
Valuing highly the achievements of the Centre’s vocational training services for the past years, Mr. Le Trung Quyet – the president of Hanoi Association for the Blind affirmed: “Nowadays, the kumquat profession is considered to be the spearhead that should be prioritized and developed. Reality has shown that this is a very suitable profession for the visual impairer’s ability and physique. It also brings high and most sustainable income level for its practitioners”.
Mr. Quyet expressed his wish that effective training to attain technical skills, students also need to reinforce their work ethics and enrich themselves with the knowledge that complements the profession. Thoroughly acquiring knowledge and skills will bring many professional successes and a guaranteed social position for every student in their future career path.
Besides focusing on the provision of certified courses such as basic technology and information, kumquat, and social services, in 2021, Vocational Centre of Hanoi Blind Association will also develop social activities, approaching NGOs resources and projects to generate more soft skills courses, as well as exploring employment opportunities that would benefit from the industrial-technological revolution 4.0. The overall aim is to enhance the labor quality and income of visually impaired people.
Source: Hoang Ly Journalist, Hoanhapvn