Special Needs Students Trained In Paperwork
Over 100 students with special needs from Joytown secondary school in Thika have gained from a well-efforts wisher to provide them with the skills necessary for financial independence upon graduation.
Students were taught how to make a variety of paper items, including envelopes, book covers, shopping bags, and cake boxes, which they can sell to earn money.
The training, performed by Jamii products trainers, provided the students with hands-on expertise and exposed them to lucrative investment opportunities.
Lilian Wambui, the school’s vice principal, praised the training, stating that it was not strenuous and fit the group. She noted that the low cost of generating the materials and the rewards made it a potential investment opportunity once they graduate from school.
She stated that most people with disabilities find it difficult to obtain employment and encouraged them to utilize their capabilities to earn a living.
She noted that such training, in conjunction with the competency-based education provided in schools, will assist many students who are gifted in many ways outside of the classroom to earn in the future.
“It is a boost to the learners as they can get into this venture as opposed to waiting for job opportunities which they rarely get due to their nature. We call on more well-wishers to come up with such training to help this special group become financially empowered,” said Wambui.
Charles Kimani, the chief executive officer of Jamii Products, stated that empowering people with impairments to achieve financial independence will be facilitated by the training.
He added that they will also offer connections to those who pursue large-scale production of the materials in the areas of marketing and technological innovation.
In addition, he urged the national and local governments to support this group by awarding contracts based on their field of specialized paper job expertise.
He urged the students to use the talents they have acquired to invest in such regions in order to alter their lives economically.
“The opportunities for people with disabilities are many and through support and empowerment, they can actualize their dreams. The governments should play a lead role in providing them with tenders and training programmes on areas that they can use to generate income,” said Kimani.