- NAZO Deutschland e.V.
Training as a Tailor
The training as tailor or dressmaker takes place annually in the NAZO houses:
Nowadays the teachers are former students, who teach their own trainees in the tailoring craft.
Such teaching workshops are located in
- Ahmad Shah Baba Meyna
- Nejrab, province of Kapiza
This profession includes sewing, cutting, and designing. On top of that the students learn about the diverse textile Afghan handicraft. They are instructed to bring together traditional handicraft with modern techniques and ideas.
The profession is very useful for the daily use within the family: every family member needs new clothes, tablecloth, or linen several times a year.
Experience shows that women often are eager to learn this special handicraft. In most cases they even bring basic skills with them and therefore are quick to achieve pleasing results.
In 2011 we started to carry out tailoring courses in some villages.
New Training Courses 2015
In Kart-e-nau currently (since 21.03.2015) 16 women study the tailoring handicraft. The tailors of the workshop teach the students.
In Achmad Schah Baba Meyna a new course for 20 students was introduced on the 21.03.2015 (training period: 12 months). Since demand is always very high, currently 32 women are trained in this course.
In the area of Nejrab within the next 3 years 75 women will be trained to become tailors.
The training will be completed with an exam. Once the student passes the exam, she receives her certificate recognized by the state.
After passing the final exam each student can take her sewing machine home. It is her property and forms the basis for her self-employment.
Until the end of 2014 495 women were trained as tailors. Each of these women lives in an extended family which consists of at least 15 people (often many more).
The change of this student emanates on all of these people (about 7500). During the course of the training she receives "more voice", as the Afghans use to say. She interferes and wants to exert influence on decisions - of familiar, social or societal kind.
In short: On top of learning her profession her self-confidence awakes and her self-assurance is strengthened.
Class in Kart-e-nau
Cutting in Kamari
Certificates ceremony in Scheweki
Schaima (left) hands over a sewing machine to the student. It is now the property of the student (right: Marina)
Schaima and Palwascha In Discussion
Schaima asks Palwascha: Did you visit school?
Palwascha: When I visited the courses of NAZO in Kart-e-nau, I felt that I must learn something. There I also learned reading and writing - and everything else.
Schaima: How did you feel when you taught your own village neighbours here?
Palwascha: I had a very beautiful feeling. Being analphabet, I had never even thought about teaching myself. But Allah brought the day where I worked as a teacher. That is a feeling of gread joy.
Schaima: Did any of your students learn as good as yourself?
Palwascha: Yes. About 5 or 6 girls are very good.
Schaima: Did you grade their accomplishments for the certificates?
Palwascha: Yes. I have divided the students in three levels. In this way you can determine who belongs to which category. It wouldn't have been that good if I had graded each of the students the same.
Schaima: Of yourse. The differences are there. One should know who made more or less effort.