Single mothers, young women urged to take up short courses

Participants undertaking the course on making Raya biscuits.

KUCHING: Single mothers and young women are encouraged to participate in short courses conducted by Kuching Community College (KCC) to improve their skills and form a knowledgeable community.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said this to participants at the CSR programme with B40 single mothers and young women in Samariang here recently.

“As women, we should strive to increase knowledge and skills by participating in various training and short courses offered at community colleges, such as cooking, sewing, embroidery, make-up, entrepreneurship, and so on in order to collectively form a knowledgeable community and empower the economy.”

The Samariang assemblywoman also called on all participants to expand their businesses with online marketing, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharifah Hasidah (seated centre) and others with the programme participants.

She said through this method, traders or entrepreneurs could conduct business from home and did not need to rent a shop or open up a stall, which could reduce their operating costs.

“The state government also provides various activities for local traders and entrepreneurs to get involved in online business under the digital economy initiative in order to increase the income of families.”

The CSR programme was organised by the Samariang Women’s Movement with the Lifelong Learning Unit of KCC.

It aimed at helping single mothers and young women to make their own products to generate income.

It also aimed to help participants expand their existing businesses with knowledge on entrepreneurship and business operations. The short course conducted was on the making of yellow noodles and Raya biscuits, as well as a course on entrepreneurial basics.

Also present were KCC director Suharyati Sulaiman and Samariang Women’s Movement head Hanifah Said.