No doubt that this year turned out a little different as expected, every single person in the world will probably agree with me.
Due to the pandemic the government of Kosovo decided to close all schools for indefinite time, since the vocational skills project is focused on these same students we decided to follow the schools in this decision. For a few months the project has been closed while the country was in lockdown. By now things are getting back to normal. Students who are graduating from middle school this year went back to school to prepare for their exams and so we decided to give these students the opportunity to finish their course before the summer. Students from lower grades will have this opportunity in the months September and October.
This way we opened the trainings centre for a small group of participants, making distancing measures possible to maintain. One of the advantages of these small groups is that we see a lot of creativity from trainers and students in ways to finish the course and the most important parts of the curriculum. Faton is the only boy that if finishing the berber course before the summer. Being an excellent student, his trainer who is also a small business owner, didn’t doubt for a second and invited Faton to do an internship at his berber shop. This way Faton will get some work experience at a berber shop, while he can cut his friends’ hair under supervision of his trainer. His mom had already told us how her hallway turned into a salon during lockdown, while the normal salons were closed Faton was making sure his family members were getting haircuts anyway.
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