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USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

With the increasing number of silai schools across India, the USHA Silai School program required more quality trainers, hence came up with the concept of Master Trainers.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

The Usha Silai School Program has been working in some of India's most remote & rural corners for the last 11 years. With the programme involved in teaching rural women how to stitch and sew, most of the training on the field was being conducted by 20 USHA Silai School trainers.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

However, with the increasing number of silai schools across India, the USHA Silai School program realized that more & more quality trainers were required to deliver quality training. That led to the concept of Master Trainers, which has now been in practice for a few years.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

These village level Master Trainers are from amongst the women who have received training. Not only has this helped meet the ever increasing demand for training, it has also provided additional earning opportunities for the master trainers themselves. Being a part of the community, the Master Trainers are also best placed to provide training in the local language & connect well and bring out the best in their trainees.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

Master trainers have been selected from the existing Silai school teachers themselves to give them an additional opportunity to earn more. Master trainers are the ones who have shown excellent sewing competency and are more mobile and willing to travel and are also willing to help more women in other villages to learn how to stitch and sew.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

This initiative covers many aspects, like additional opportunity creation for women entrepreneurs, additional earning source for silai heros, the creation of a pool of regional sewing trainers, the development of an advanced-skilled workforce as master trainers, who are also role models in their communities.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

With more than 8 lakh trained women, or silai heroes, choosing who will become a Master Trainer is eventually decided by a selection process involving three aspects - Technical competencies like measurement skills, drafting, cutting and paper pattern making skills; Behavioral competencies like listening skills, ability to handle questions and learners, maintaining time and discipline; and an interview with the USHA Silai School team.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

The classical silai school training, run by the USHA silai school programs, includes an initial 2 day training on machine repairing, machine assembling and trouble shooting. After that, in the remaining 7 days, they are taught sewing stitching and embroidery.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

It isn't just sewing and stitching, USHA is also providing these silai heroes the life skills necessary to make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, to develop better communication skills, and build healthy relationships with the customers and learners.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

Silai heros also plays a key role in educating women of this area on their rights and the government schemes available to them. They have helped access government help in building water tanks and sanctioning widow pensions and other schemes that are extended to women in distress.

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Do you want to be a part of the huge change that Usha Silai School is bringing about in the lives of millions of rural women? With just a simple click of a button, you can now contribute towards the opening of an Usha Silai School or support various other aspects of the school.

About the Initiative

About the Initiative

Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encourages them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities. Since 2011 Usha Silai Campaign has trained more than 3.95 lakh rural women within five years, with 17,000 Silai schools, spanning over 9272 Indian villages in India.

 

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 4 has returned with new goals and vision. The new season will witness the establishment of the new cluster in Kashmir, apart from the existing four clusters setup last year. The women from volatile Kashmir will work with well-known fashion designer Rohit Bal and get an unique opportunity to learn from him and make clothes for him. The work done by the Silai School women will be presented at Lakme Fashion week 2019.

 

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