Arakele Featured in What's Out Addis
Arakele Vocational Training Center is a social enterprise Ethiopian business that provides hands on training in
sewing, fashion and pattern design in small class sizes. Arakele offers discounted tuition plus scholarships for those
women who are unable to afford the tuition. Seven-month flexible classes are currently on offer (in Amharic)
mornings, afternoons and evenings. Classes include Sewing, Fashion Design, Draping, Modification, Layout, Figure
Drawing, Sketching and Machine Use. The students learn how to accurately use a tape measure on the body first
and to then hand sew garments before they learn how to use and operate an industrial sew
ing machine. They also learn how to create patterns on tracing paper from concept to design. Qualified Ethiopian
teachers provide the tuition in sewing and sketching.
In November 2014, Arakele was delighted to celebrate its first graduation with a colourful and stylish Fashion Show
displaying the students’ versatile talent and creativity in their final projects, which were modeled by professional
models at Capital Hotel; they generously provided space and will again sponsor our 2015 graduation gala event.
The students graduated with a recognized Short Term Addis Ababa City Administration Technical and Vocational
Education and Training certificate. Arakele has also been commended by the Addis Ababa City TVET Agency as a
“model school” offering a good location, peaceful compound, excellent materials, good teachers and student
satisfaction. Because of this the center has been selected as a COC Center (Occupational Competency and
Assessment Certification Center). We are currently preparing for our 2015 graduation with many more graduates.
Currently Arakele scholarship students are primarily
teenage girls who have failed 10th or 12th grades;
Arakele provides these girls with vocational skills
training leading to a marketable skill which can help
them earn an income whether part time or full time
according to their needs.
There is a documented need for more skilled women to enter the labor force here especially within the expanding
Ethiopian textile industry to meet the growing demand in this blossoming sector. “Made in Ethiopia” is receiving
global attention with the export of clothing and independent Ethiopian designers are also receiving accolades for
their fusion fashion – combining the culture of Ethiopia with contemporary fashion designs; Ethiopian fashion is
becoming trend setting.
The goal is for Arakele graduates to receive training that can lead directly to sustainable employment. Often Arakele
is able to connect students with potential employers.
If you would like to learn more about Arakele courses, register for a class or sponsor a student or even employ a
graduate, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Arakele or visit the school located off Togo Street below
the British Embassy.