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Deutsche Bank Korea supports the EcoFemme migrant women vocational training programme

March 2015 │ Korea

Since 2014, Deutsche Bank Korea has funded the EcoFemme migrant women vocational training programme in Korea.

The programme aims to:
- Provide new job opportunities for migrant women by teaching ceramic arts through cooperating with a veteran ceramic artist
- Produce VIP products by developing pottery goods with both artistic and commercial value
- Enable migrant women to heal through participation in artistic activities
- Train migrant women to become potters themselves, and to be financially independent through constant training and product development in a long term basis

Through the Spring semester (April and May), participants enrolled in the Ceramic Art and Drawing classes, while the Fall semester (October to November) saw them trying their hands at Ceramic Art and Calligraphy. Each class was conducted once a week, for a period of eight weeks.

Speaking on the Ceramic Art class, Nadine, who was doing Ceramic Art for the first time, said, “The class was interesting in many aspects. The part that I like the most was that I could express myself through ceramic art.” Another participant Muriel, said, “It was not easy but was definitely interesting to experience. One good thing about joining the class was that I found peace through creating art works. If there is a similar opportunity in future, I would like to join it again.”

Similarly, calligraphy helped the women to express their thoughts. Bibiche said, “At first it was hard for me to think and draw according to the given topics. But I became more familiar with this later on and was very satisfied with the process of expressing my thoughts in writing and images.”

The sessions were also a good avenue for the women to learn from each other. Through the Ceramics Art sessions, the instructor observed the women inspiring one another through their work and displaying a hint of variety in their work.

Migrant women and children living in rural Jecheon also had an opportunity to experience the arts through a two-day Summer Art camp in July. For many, it was their first time experiencing an art-related programme. The enjoyable experience not only helped the participants to heal, it also allowed them to interact with people from all over the world. The camp’s success was reflected in the participants’ feedback, indicating that they would like to participate once more if there is an opportunity later on.

Providing art education to migrant women in Korea should be a continuous effort, in order to raise their self-confidence and emotional satisfaction, ultimately leading to bettering their lives. This year, Deutsche Bank will continue to work with EcoFemme to support the migrant women vocational training programme, with focus on Calligraphy.

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