As we all are gearing up to celebrate India’s 72nd Independence Day, we launched a campaign to convey the importance of independence and freedom through skills, knowledge and continuous learning. As a response to the campaign, here we share messages from Empower Pragati . Read on to see what they say.
Members from Empower Pragati talk about independence, freedom and empowerment through skills, knowledge and continuous learning
“I have understood the importance of learning skills and acquiring knowledge. My father wanted to me to get married and look after my family. But I wanted to do something with my life. I got myself enrolled in the Assistant Beauty Therapist course at ASTC, Bathinda under PMKVY. After completion of the course, I started working in a salon in Chandigarh. I am independent and feel more responsible for my life now” Malkiat Kaur – Alumni, ASTC Bhathinda
“To be able to secure a decent job for myself has given me so much confidence to lead my life. Due to my weak educational background I could not even think of getting a job to support my family. I didn’t even know how to apply for one. My life took a turn soon after I started attending classes at DDUGKY, Guwahati. The training, counselling and support from the teachers helped me transform my life.” Jonmani Das – Alumni, DDUGKY Guwahati
“Freedom, in true sense can be realized when one is able to decide their own life path. I interact with the youth of the community on a daily basis to generate awareness about vocational training and livelihood opportunities being offered. The country will prosper if every youth of the country is aware of his/her rights and responsibilities.” Balvir Singh – Mobilizer, PMKK Bulandshahr
“Since childhood I was always looked upon with pity due to my physical disability. I was born with polio in both my legs. From being denied admission in a regular schools to being rejected for jobs, I have faced numerous challenges all my life. With almost no hope I went and enrolled myself for a course in CRM at PMKK Sambhal. Now I am working at Big Bazaar as a Helpdesk Coordinator and very well understand the importance of honing skills in life. Progress of a human is dependent on how they help themselves under difficult circumstances. That’s my freedom story.” Krishan Kumar – Trainee, PMKK Sambhal
“I use to work as a part time mobile phone repair technician in a small shop in Bulandshahr for
years. But last year a great opportunity to become a trainer knocked on my door and I pounced upon it. This life decision has given me dignity and respect in the society. My students call me “sir” and it feels great. I am highly motivated to change others’ lives like I got to change mine.” Mukesh Kumar – Trainer, PMKK Bulandshahr