The first vocational training school for bakers in Haiti opened on Monday, October 9. The structure is set inside the National School of Arts and Crafts (ENAM) in Port-au-Prince, and is animated by the Salesians. Twenty students, including 9 girls, are the first beneficiaries who, at the opening of the course, performed in an exhibition promoting the value of manual work.
At the end of the training cycle, the country will have professional bakers. Everything has been taken into consideration: in addition to appropriate, industry-standard spaces, the Haitian company "LES CEREALES D'HAITI SA", pleased with the initiative given the good reputation of Salesians in working with young people, will handle and supply all necessary materials. As for the training of students, there will be professionals of the "Grand Moulin des Antilles" of Guadeloupe.
The start of this course, as the initiative's organizers have said, fills an important void. "There are thousands of bakeries in the country, but to a large extent, training in the sector takes place in the workplace," said the firm's Commercial Director, adding that consumers rarely have access to quality flour products.
The Salesian Provincial in Haiti, Fr Jean Paul Mésidor, emphasized the importance of this new initiative, recalling that "training is a tool for the reduction of poverty and for social development." The Salesian emphasized that in 10 months there will be a sweeping wave of innovation in the industry, thanks to the new professionals formed at the ENAM center.
During the presentation of the course, it was also noted that the bread industry is, indeed, a very important sector in the country, enabling intense economic activities at different levels of society and in various areas of the country, both urban and rural.
Lastly, one of the managers of ENAM, Olibrice Zucchi Ange, spoke of the ultimate goal of the initiative: investing in young people to facilitate their finding jobs and as a measure for Haiti's social development.
Source: Le Nouvelliste