Career training is essential in Zimbabwe to enable its citizens, especially women and girls, to become independent with creative work that they love and that also benefits the community.
It is particularly essential in Zvishavane, an old mining town in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe where our new campus is located. When mining ceased in 2013, it left the local community without livelihoods. Unemployment rose, with many — even the children — resorting to gold panning as a means of survival. Career training will offer the women of Zvishavane the opportunity to gain the essential skills that will help transform their lives.
Our Fashion Design program provides students with an internationally recognised City & Guilds Fashion Design qualification, empowering them with life-long skills in this lucrative trade.
Our program covers a wide range of skills including fashion design, hand and machine sewing, patterning, textile decoration and feltmaking. Over ten months, students will learn to design and produce everything from blouses, shirts, dresses and fashion corsets through to designing and making character costumes. See the full course outline here.
One of our first projects is to design and create the school uniforms for the Maharishi Invincibility Secondary School. As the program grows and evolves, we will start advertising and selling designs produced by the students, both locally in Zimbabwe and internationally through this website. Watch this space for more growth!