During her visit to Senegal from 10 to 19 September 2017, Ambassador Ohoven was accompanied by the very famous young 19-year-old painter on behalf of Leon Löwentraut, her family and the German gallery owner Dirk Geuer.
As a prelude to this lottery, a meeting was held in Baraka on 12 September 2017 between the YOU FONDATION, its partner HOPE’87 in Senegal, the Ministry of Town Planning represented by the President of the Steering Committee of the project « Cité Baraka » , the Town Hall of Sicap and the population of Baraka. This meeting was attended by Ambassador Ohoven, Mrs Claudia Jerger, Mrs Soumaré, and Mr Santhie Sene Agne, Mayor of Sicap Liberté.
As part of the training of the craftsmen of Baraka supported by the YOU Foundation in Germany and started since July 2017, we continue our series of interviews with the direct beneficiaries that are the artisans themselves. This time we went to meet the trainers to give us their impressions, their views on the behavior of craftsmen to the training.
Here are their reactions:
M.SECK, Professor of Management and Marketing: « I am very pleased to be among the teachers of the artisans of Baraka and it is with great pleasure that I help these craftsmen because they are very motivated and courageous. Most of them are illiterate cause why courses are done in Wolof to enable them to better understand and participate. To evaluate them one does that orally because as you know their levels of education is very low and most do not know how to write so it is a difficulty and a constraint. But it is possible to manage by explaining through case studies, simulations until all participants are at the same level of understanding. The other difficulty is that there are many absences and cases of delay which according to the craftsmen is not easy for them as they combine work and capacity building sessions. But on the whole we can say that it is acceptable because they always manage to get by. »
M. KANE, Professor of General Informatics: « As my colleague MrSeck has said, it is with pleasure and love that we do our work. In general computing there are two, Mrs Sara DIÈNE and I, we divide the groups according to our timetables. I see that the craftsmen of Baraka are very courageous and I welcome this behavior because that is what will facilitate our work. In computer science, the practice is more important than the theory and this I explained well to the craftsmen. We have a heterogeneous group composed of those who have little notion in computer science and those who do not have it so I am obliged to put them on the same level. We also noticed that it is the young boys who are most involved in computers compared to women. But among women, there are also those who have a capacity for understanding faster than others, so it is for us to assist them more so that they are at a certain level. Overall, the group follows the courses well and on a regular basis. »
Mr Diouf, Professor of Management Informatics » It is with pleasure that I am practicing this trade in Baraka. Craftsmen are courageous and ambitious because it is not easy for them to combine work and these capacity building sessions. Many of them have no concept in management, so we try to separate them into two groups to better work in coherence. All courses are in Wolof to help them better understand and evaluate them orally. The only difficulty we face is delays and absences. Sometimes we are obliged to organize remedial sessions or they disrupt the course by questions that we have already overcome. If not all in all we can say that the sessions are going well and the craftsmen of Baraka are really brave and patient. «
Women processors of local products and women vendors as well as women restorers are not left behind, they also take the training in management and marketing initiated by the YOU Foundation. We went to meet some of them to know their opinion on this training:
The training of the artisans of Baraka continues until September 2017. This training is initiated by the YOU Foundation in Germany to empower these artisans of Baraka who do their work despite their lack of means. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm GMT at the primary school and at the IT Center.
The training of the craftsmen of Baraka started Monday, July 17 at the primary school of Baraka from 18 hours.
The courses will be held from Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm GMT on the demand of the artisans and according to their calendar.
The training of the craftsmen of Baraka began with a planning session with the teacher / trainer Mr Mohamed Diouf who will conduct the training in Baraka with two of his college professors of marketing and computer science.