Honourable Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean, is impressed by the increasing number of women learning technical skills in Dominica.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the end of a workshop teaching best practices in construction, Hon Saint Jean said that although the ministry’s target was a 40% female turnout, many more women turned out to learn and improve their skills.
He effused, “I am pleased to note that in some instances such as the plumbing, course conducted at Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, 11 out of the 15 participants were female and in the masonry course held at the North East Comprehensive School, 11 of the 14 were female. In many of the other courses, there was almost a 50/50 participation. This demonstrates that with the right environment and targeted outreach, our women are eager to step outside the box and take on new challenges. This is commendable. In fact, I would venture to say to the males, be careful, our ladies are not asleep.”
The Best Practices in Construction Workshop and TVET Skills Training Programme were part of the Dominica Climate Resilience and Restoration Project.
The focus was on electrical installation, plumbing, carpentry and masonry