By Olimatou Coker
Twenty students of MJ Hairdressing and Skills Training Centre have recently undergone presentation of brides in a colourful event held at the school premises.
MJ Hairdressing was founded on 6 March 2008 by a dynamic young Gambian Mariama M. Jallow with an intention to allow young people to take up hairdressing as a profession, thus eradicate poverty through self-employment.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mariama M. Jallow said the students are in their second term exams on bride presentation “because normally the final day of their second term exams, they do a bride presentation where each and every student has to dress a bride of her own; being the makeup, the nail, the hairstyle, the eyelash; in order to know if the students can be able to dress a bride and choose a suitable dress for a bride because in most cases, some brides will visit the salon and say they want to do a wedding but don’t which dress will suit them.”
She said they train students on hairdressing and cosmetology.
The program is one-year nine months intensive training, two months attachment or working experience, one month final assessment and exams. At the end of the program, students received a National Training Authority approved Certificate.
Fatoumata Drammeh, a student of MJ Hairdressing, Express Beauty Salon and Skills Training Centre, said she felt uplifted because she never thought she could dress a bride in such a unique way. She urged her fellow girls to come on board to learn skills in order to be self-employed and help to develop the nation.