A training programme for the new recruits under the Theeramythri Project of the Department of Fisheries was held from 5th to 8th December 2016 at IRTC. Participants of the programme included the District Mission Coordinators and Business Promoters selected for the livelihood promotion project implemented by the Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen (SAF). Ms C.R. Sathyavathi, Executive Director, SAF inaugurated the residential training programme in the morning on 5th. Dr. N.K. Sasidharan Pillai, Director IRTC introduced the batch to the pertinent issues in the fisheries sector of Kerala and spoke about the relevance of a livelihood programme in the coastal regions of the State.
Theeramythri is a livelihood project for coastal women; its key strategy is micro enterprise promotion and institution building. SAF appoints district level coordinators for Theeramythri Project on annual contracts. The current batch is a mix of experienced persons and fresh graduates. There are people with post graduate qualifications in management and social work as well as people with graduation in commerce, history etc. For the current year, SAF has selected people for two streams – community mobilisation and business promotion. All the nine coastal districts and Kottayam (Vembanad Lake) will have one person in charge of community mobilisation and the other looking after business promotion.
“The training programme was very good; my daughter too enjoyed the stay in IRTC”, said Anupriya, a post graduate in Management who attended the residential training programme with her one-and-a-half year old daughter. Her husband stayed with her in IRTC campus to help her attend the training programme. Her daughter, Aadya, found a friend in Aaron, a boy of her age who is the son of another participant, Aneesha from Kottayam. Aneesha’s mother stayed in the campus to look after her son while she attended the training programme. Her husband also came to support for the last two days.
IRTC collaborated with Mahindra Pride for conducting sessions on communication, leadership, and marketing for the training programme. There were also sessions on understanding the project and its institutional structure, management of micro enterprises, counselling, monitoring and evaluation, benefit monitoring, and roles and responsibilities of the personnel. There was a cultural programme of the participants on 7th, after the training sessions were over. A.K. Mathew, Coordinator for IRTC’s support to Theeramythri coordinated the programme. Dr. Sivaprasad of SAF was present and handled the session on the institutional system for Theeramythri.