Craft Training and Literacy Centre – CTALC

CTALC was formed by CDSS in November 2002. This vocational training centre aims to empower the community girls around the CDSS through acquiring technical/vocational skills. CTALC offers classes in dressmaking, embroidery and adult literacy. CDSS is responsible to run this centre besides providing building and equipment.

Reorganization of CTALC

CTALC previously being managed by Behbud, now operates under Social Welfare Department of INFAQ Education & Training Centre (IETC) with effect from 1st July, 2018. There has been no change in the women empowerment facilities being extended to the community.

Objectives

The main objective of CTALC is to provide the girls of the community around the CDSS an opportunity to become self-reliant through technical/vocational skills.

Courses

CTALC started by offering one class each in dressmaking, embroidery and adult literacy and a staff of eight. Each course is of 4 months duration. The classes are held 6 days a week and consist of sessions of 2 hours each:

  • 4 classes in dressmaking
  • 8 classes in embroidery
  • 3 classes in adult literacy

In addition CTALC offers 6 short courses in the following areas. These courses are mostly for 10 weeks and consist of one 4 – 5 hour class each week.

  • Cooking
  • Grooming (beautician courses)
  • Mehndi
  • Hairstyling
  • Adda work
  • Patch work

Production

Production department also acts as advanced training department where the girls can earn, as well as learn more in their area of expertise. On an average 40 to 60 girls work in the department each quarter which comes to about 100 beneficiaries a year.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Orientation Program for new students 3 times a year
  • Sewing machine maintenance workshop 3 times a year
  • Compulsory Cooking classes for students 3 times a year
  • Library hour each week
  • Sports hour each week
  • Counseling hour each week

Annual activities

  • Behbud Mela
  • Sports day
  • Pakistan Day
  • French Bazar
  • Market visit
  • Workshops
  • Mother’s Day Sale
  • Counseling
  • Out-Reach Program for Teachers
  • Old girls get together
  • Certificate Distribution Ceremony
  • Competition art and craft
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