CHITRAL: An inaugural ceremony of marble mosaic training workshop was held at Community Hall Balach in which Maghfirat Shah, District Nazim Chitral, was the chief guest.
The ceremony started with the recitation from the holy Quran by a participant followed by introduction. Muneera Sultana, coordinator training, welcomed the district Nazim and Tehsil Nazim Chitral and appreciated efforts of elected representatives on behalf of participants. She hoped that participants of the training will cooperate with the trainers.
Nahida Aman, trainer of Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC), briefed the participants about objective of the training and its importance for skill development of women. She hoped that the participants will fully spare their time to learn new initiative.
The Tehsil Nazim informed the participants that he had gained experienced to work with women community during his association with Aurat Foundation and was always in quest for new initiate for development of women. He informed the participants that the TMA Chitral has signed a MoU with PASDEC to introduce innovative initiate for women community to improve economic condition. He thanked Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and HASHOO Foundation Chitral for cooperation and support. He requested the HASHOO Foundation to facilitate in personnel skills development including presentation skill of the participants during training workshop. He asked the participants that they should ensure their participation during the two months training.
Ms Nasreen, Gender Development Officer (GAD) AKRSP Chitral, appreciated the efforts made by the District and Tehsil Nazims Chitral for improvement of women in the area. He briefed the participants that the AKRSP Chitral had been working in close collaboration with the line departments and other stakeholders for the last many years and had successfully completed many initiatives. One of the objectives of the organization is empowerment of women community, she added. She appreciated the present local government system and said they have opportunities to share their problems directly to elected representatives.
Bibi Sharifa, Programme Associate Hashoo Foundation Chitral, thanked the nazims for organizing the most important training for the neglected community. She stressed that the trainers should focus their attention on training and hoped that the participants will be able to learn more and will adopt as income generating purpose practically. She said HASHOO Foundation will provide all possible help in skill development as proposed by the Tehsil Nazim Chitral.
The District Nazim appreciated the interest of Tehsil Nazim Chitral and told the participants that they had signed an MoU with SMEDA two years back to establish marble city in the area and provide training opportunities for women community. He said due to increase of population and unwise use of natural resources most of the natural resources have been destroyed and only marble is the available resource which can be utilized for improvement of economic condition of the area. She stressed the participants that they are representing 51% of community and it is up to them to train others after completion of the training.