Making dreams real

TO ADDRESS growing unemployment among youth in semi-urban and rural areas, a German mechanical engineer, Freidrich Zenkner who has made the city his home, initiated a youth development project, Portico, in 1999. The project, under the Portico Foundation, provides educational solutions to school dropouts and helps them develop vocational skills.

The project is based on the German concept of dual system of vocational training. The system helps youth to learn and train at the same time. It follows a curriculum of four hours of work and four hours of training.

During the work slot, the young trainees work in the production facility and receive on-the-job training in areas such as carpentry, metal fabrication, and surface coating. They are provided a monthly allowance. This earning-while-learning scheme helps address financial difficulties that poor families face.

Making dreams real

The four-hour schooling slot provides young people with a basic, general education necessary to help them adapt to modern day vocation. The youth are also trained in further practical and theoretical education relevant to their chosen vocation.

Portico is located on Sarjapur Road and boys from Bellandegati, Kaikondrahalli, Agara and so on have benefited from its training. They are showcasing their stylish, modular products like cots, bunk beds, and shelves at Yamini, the home furnishing store located near Ulsoor Lake.

Making dreams real

The exhibition and sale will be on till August 21. For more information, contact Yamini at 11/2, Haudin Road, Near Ulsoor Lake, or call 51134781. The store is open on all days between 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m..

The Portico Foundation can be contacted at 17/1, Ambalipura Village, Belandur Gate, Sarjapur Road or on 8440777/9845016462.