Skills de­vel­op­ment

ChinAfrica - - China Report -

In the past, no mat­ter how many yaks and goats each fam­ily had, they needed to milk and herd them by them­selves. Af­ter co­op­er­a­tives were es­tab­lished, young peo­ple had the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills and find ways to in­crease the fam­ily in­come.

“At first, we just wanted to try ‘bunched-up’ herd­ing, but later we found that through in­te­gra­tion, the co­op­er­a­tive can free many young peo­ple and they can go out and get bet­ter jobs,” said Zhagyai.

To bet­ter al­le­vi­ate poverty in a tar­geted ap­proach, the Qu­mar­leb Gov­ern­ment set up a skills de­vel­op­ment ser­vice cen­ter, of­fer­ing train­ing in var­i­ous job skills for herds­men, such as Ti­betan jew­elry mak­ing, hair­dress­ing and even wed­ding host­ing.

For ex­am­ple, Kang­duo Nuoze Ti­betan Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd. in Qu­mar­leb County hired 10 of the best lo­cal jew­elry mak­ers to teach 60 stu­dents jew­elry-mak­ing tech­niques free of charge. Af­ter one or two years, trained ap­pren­tices are ex­pected to earn an av­er­age monthly in­come of 3,000 yuan ($450).

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