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Learners Sew Clothes For Ghana


Learners sew clothes for Ghana

ADULT learners on a sewing course have been putting their skills to good use by making pillowcase dresses for children in Ghana.

The group of 12 learners has been taking part in a ‘sewing for pleasure’ course at Sir Jonathan North school, run by the city council’s Adult Skills and Learning Service.

As part of the course, learners were encouraged to find ways to recycle materials while learning new skills. Between them, they have made 70 colourful dresses from recycled pillowcases and fabric, with material donated by a local business, Material Magic, in Malcolm Arcade, Leicester.

Arts co-ordinator Deb Shackleton from Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service said: “The group has worked really hard to design, make and finish these dresses for the children, and it was very kind of Material Magic to donate the material.

“We are now looking forward to proudly presenting the finished dresses to Dr Dery Tuopar and Anne Hicks, who are representatives from FREEDUK, the Foundation for Rural Education, Empowerment and Development, which is the charity we are supporting.”

Representatives from FREEDUK personally take clothes over to the deprived community of Nandou, in the upper west region of Ghana. There, the charity works to support children in orphanages, as well as schools and hospitals across the region.

Cllr Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor with responsibility for education, said: “Adult learning is about giving people across the city the opportunity to continue learning new skills throughout their lives, and I think it’s fantastic that this group has chosen to put their talents to use for such a good cause.”

Leicester’s Adult Skills and Learning Service provides a wide range of courses, including English and maths, IT skills, languages and arts subjects, at venues across the city.

There are opportunities to work towards qualifications or apprenticeships, or to take part in courses simply for fun and to meet people with similar interests.

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