How Rhodell Kpandyu of Liberia Became a Heavy Equipments Technician
Rhodell Diamond Kpandyu, the
youngest of the five childrenof a poor family, was always fond of mechanics
which was unusual for a girl. She enrolled in vocational training college for
mechanics course after her schooling as she wanted to change the perception
that it is a male-domain. She used to hang out in a garage in her spare time
during school days in Gardenersville, a suburb of Monrovia.
Demolishing her hopes, the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014 made the government shut public schools and she had to discontinue her studies. She went back to work in a garage and luckily United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in association with Government of Japan had started training in heavy equipments. The course was conducted by Booker Washington Institute. She did a three months course for which there was no course fee. She completed the course and got internship in Kanu Equipment. And her skills and talent were spotted by the company which made her a technician. She is now able to support her family financially.
“The personal success story of Rhodell Diamond Kpandyu sends a very strong message to young women striving to achieve success: don’t give up! Traditional attitudes that deter women from entering certain professions can change and are changing. Governments and the private sector realize that gaps in the labour market can be filled by properly qualified, well-trained and determined candidates, irrespective of their gender, “according to UNIDO.
Story and Photo Source: https://www.unido.org/stories/empowerment-through-education-and-training-success-story-liberia