The beautiful moment passed by, with smiles and pride for the skills competition of non-formal education students for the course of beauty services in the academic year 2018,organised by Office of the Private Education Commission, Ministry of Education.In thisoccasion, the young generation from “Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme”, supported by World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), had a chance to compete and did not disappoint the supporters. They won the gold medal in various categories of the contest.
“I am very glad.” Patcharawan, nicknamed “Wan”, a girl fromYouth EmpowermentProject, whoparticipated in this competition on behalf of Nipada Beauty School, expressed her happy feeling with a smile and showed the gold medal that she had just received for the competition of “Updo Hairstyles”.
“This tournament is a great opportunity for me to get both experience and confidence. Before this day, I have spent a lot of time for practicing onupdohairstyles and try to find the new inspiration to use in the contest. The hairstyle that I have designed today has a very important technique to curl the front sections of hair,”The gold medalist for “Bridal Updo Hairstyles” unveiled the technique used in the contest. Then she revealed her plan on the hairstylistcareer.
“I usually work part-time. I feel that taking avocational course, especially to become a beautician which is the job I like, can help me gain stable income. And participation in this projectwith WVFT has given me a lot of good things such as knowledge, experience and friendship. I would like to tell other young people that finding yourself is very important. If we know what we like or love, we should develop ourselves to reach the target to make more progress.”
Meanwhile, Phet or nicknamed “Top Ten”, a teenager from the project,who representedNipadaBeauty School, had a chance to show his makeup skills andwon the gold medal for “Bridal Makeup” from this tournament also.He revealed the tips to his success as follows:
“Firstly, we need to find out what we like and if it is our true passion.If you really like it, you must try to learn it as much as you can. Because when the opportunity comes to you, it will be easy and bring you success. I am grateful to WVFT, Citi Foundation and NipadaBeauty School for supporting me the opportunity to show my abilities in what I like this time. And personally I think that this is the great opportunity for me because not many young people who lack opportunity will have this great chance.And in the future, we don’t know whether we will have a chance like this again. Therefore, we have to try as much as we can and, definitely, we have to do our best.”
Nipada Beauty School is one of the 20 professional institutes that have participated in YouthEmpowerment Project, which is the collaboration of WVFT and Citi Foundation in launching Youth Empowerment Project in the 2nd year. The purpose is to invest the potential of young marginalised people in mental, intellectual and social skills with “Youth Ready Work” programme so that the teenagers will be ready in future career that match their interests and the workforce demands.
In addition to the career of beauty services, young people who have participated in the Youth Empowerment Project will have the opportunity to choose professional skills of their own interests from many partner institutions that have collaborated with the Youth EmpowermentProject as in the following businesses: academic-related services, big bike repair,land-line technician,tailors, computer repair,air-conditioner repair, electricalappliance repair, travel agency, massage & spa, housekeeping service, and food & beverages.
The second year of implementation will be more intensive than the first, especially in supporting the youth who have previously participated inYouth Empowerment Project and been trained in vocational skills to have the opportunity to develop and improve their skills consistently in order to be ready to enter in the real careerworldeventually.