Kamran, who has always been interested in painting, decided to attend classes as soon as he heard about the project. Kamran was invited to take part in the project’s training courses to learn how to make simple souvenirs from stained glass and batik in order to get new specialty as well as spend his free time productively.
“Although I am an athlete, I like to draw pictures in my free time. When I thought about additional activities to make my free time more productive, I was offered to attend the classes of stained glass group within the project. After conducting a lot of research on the art of stained glass in the internet I discovered that this art is very interesting and rich”.
Kamran managed to attend 5 classes before the quarantine regime came into effect in our country to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time Kamran already learnt to make stained glass with support of his teachers and his handicrafts are quite interesting.
“We switched to online classes since beginning of the quarantine. Specialists from the project are very dedicated and we regularly have discussions. During this period, the project has also provided us with the necessary equipment to make stained glass and batik. As an athlete, when I get tired of training, I can spend my free time effectively and relax while making stained glass”.
To date, 70 children and young people, as well as 45 children and young people with disabilities have already benefited from project funded by European Union, co-funded and implemented by UNDP. At the next stage, the project participants will be trained to develop a business plan. At the end of the training, the participants will submit their business plans to a grant competition for the self-employed people and will be provided with the necessary equipment for their handicrafts.
PROJECT INFORMATION FACTSHEET
|Title of the action||Promotion of Inclusive Education through Traditional Arts|
|Priority sector||Modernizing the Education System in Azerbaijan through the Involvement of Civil Society and the Introduction of Inclusive Education|
|Contracting party||United Nations Development Programme|
|Beneficiary||Icherisheher Centre for Traditional Arts (ICTA)|
|Duration of project||30 months (01.06.2018 – 01.12.2020)|
|European Union budget (EUR)||EUR 575 000|
|Main objectives of project||The overall objective is to increase access to inclusive vocational programmes to the children and youth with disabilities tailored to their developmental requirements and needs. The specific objective is to design and introduce an inclusive traditional arts vocational programme for children and youth with disabilities in Baku city.|