by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, JAN 7, 2016: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) held a graduation ceremony on January 7, at Don Bosco International School, Matunga for over 350 students from the slums of Mumbai who completed their vocational training in computers - basic and tally, beauty care - skin and hair, tailoring, mehendi and spoken english.
The event began with a prayer service and by honouring Don Bosco. Father Rolvin D'Mello, executive director of DBDS welcomed the Chief Guest, Misia from Asha Foundation, Switzerland and also the Guest of Honour, Father Cedrick Sankul, principal of Don Bosco English Medium school, Ahmednagar.
Father D'Mello made a special mention of Jyoti Bederkar, who started her own beauty parlour in less than a week after finishing her beautician's course at Don Bosco. He reminded the students to make use of the various skills they learnt during their three months training by either finding a job or starting as entrepreneurs from home.
Four graduates then shared their experiences with the gathering. They expressed their gratitude to Don Bosco for giving them quality training free of cost; they also thanked the staff.
Heena Khan, who completed the beauty care course said, "If not for Don Bosco, it would not have been possible for me to do this course outside, given the high fees charged in other places."
The students put up an entertaining fashion show, dances and skits as part of their graduation day celebration. They also showcased the various skills they learnt during the training period.