Six young women currently in technical and vocational training under the Grenada National Training Agency have been accepted into the 2021 Women@Dior Leadership and Sustainability Education Programme.
Grenada is the second country in the Caribbean region to be involved in the programme having joined in 2020 along with Jamaica. The representatives at that time came from the T.A Marryshow Community College (T.A.M.C.C.). This year the NTA has joined the T.A.M.C.C. in submitting mentees for the programme.
The Women@Dior Programme was launched worldwide in 2017 as a platform for developing women leaders through a mentorship and educational programme aimed at building self-confidence. Participants chosen are paired with an international mentor based on mutual compatibility.
A joint orientation was held recently for the eleven (11) T.A.M.C.C. and the six (6) GNTA participants to introduce the young women to the programme and its core values of autonomy, inclusion, creativity, and sustainability. The orientation was hosted by the School of Applied Arts and Technology of the T.A Marryshow Community College and included a programme overview, sharing by current mentees, and a question-and-answer period.
One of the current mentees, Kaiya Francis says her confidence has grown tremendously because of the programme and has had a huge impact on her life. She has started daily journaling to record her thoughts, ideas, emotions, and activities. She wants to be a voice for the voiceless and a beacon of hope for the hopeless.
The Women@ Dior Programme which is run over a 12-month period comprises a theoretical, academic component and a practical element through the creation of a project to support the empowerment of young girls called the “Dream for Change” Project. The most impactful projects are eligible to receive support from the House of Dior and the LVMH group.