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Vocational training programmes and transformation of women’s lives through <i>Re mmogo</i> method

Gladys Kedibone Mokwena


My experiences in working with marginalised, unemployed women that were engaged in vocational training programmes changed my own perspective, as I discovered how they worked together to transform their lives. In this article, I report on the role of Re mmogo (we are together) method as a strategy of transforming individuals’ lives, particularly women, through vocational training programmes. The study was qualitative in nature and used the interpretive paradigm. Using Wenger’s (1998a) Communities of Practice as a theoretical framework helped me to apply Re mmogo in the collection of data through observations, focus groups and individual interviews. Purposive sampling was used to elicit the views of eight women who have been involved in a vocational training programme since the establishment of an embroidery programme in Winterveldt, northwest of Pretoria. The study revealed that human beings have the capacity to realise their potential in their own way. The Re mmogo method in vocational training programmes has a potential to bind members together to pursue a common goal and thus help them to transform their lives. It is recommended that people involved in vocational training programmes be given the opportunity to transfer their knowledge and skills to other individuals in their

Keywords: Communities, Letsema (altruism), Re mmogo (we are together), unemployment, vocational training