Outdooring ceremony: photoreport

18/11/12

Outdooring ceremony: photoreport

After the completion of the first training course for dressmakers in Obom village, an outdooring ceremony took place on 29 September 2012. The event was attended by dozens of local people, friends and relatives of the apprentices. They came to wish these young people well and show their support. The special guest of honour for the occasion was the founder of Black History Month in Great Britain Akyaaba Addae-Sebo, who came to the Czech Republic in 2005 to attend the Forum 2000 conference. Also in attendance were leaders of the community.

Four girls and three boys enrolled the course in 2008, and spend the last three years under the training of a mistress and a master from whom they have learned the basics of the dressmaking trade. Some of their products were also available at Humanitas Afrika stand at various events.

The central part of the outdooring ceremony was an initiation ritual of the new members of the trade. The most senior tailor in the village gave the young people blessings in the presence of their mothers or guardians. The event not only helped to promote Humanitas Afrika activities. It send an important message to the people in the community that these young men and women are qualified and ready to practice the trade and make dresses for anyone.

Humanitas Afrika offers an alternative opportunity to learn the dressmaking trade to the local youth who are not able to continue their education at a secondary school or a vocational institution.