By popular demand from the community, KIDA's Vocational School is adding another course to the menu of three skill training courses. Hairdressing will now be taught along with carpentry, tailoring and building construction. On March 15, a panel of hairdressing professionals from Fort Portal evaulated two candidates for the open position of Hairdressing Instructor.
Two candidates Peluce Businge and Richard Twikirze scored over 91% in the interviews which included skill demonstrations on a doll. They were both offered the opportunity to share the teaching position. KIDA's goal is to enroll at least 10 students in the year-long course.
Richard Twikirze operates a successful hairdressing shop in Rwaihamba trading center, two kilometers from KIDA. When he began his training, he didn't listen to taunts from his friends that hairdressing is a female career. Now his friends are jealous of his good income. By teaching at KIDA, he wants to diffuse the negative mentality among men about the skill.