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On Thursday March 24th  2016, SCERDO held a graduation ceremony for the 2016 GBES program participants.  The graduation ceremony was to celebrate the achievements of the youth in the Group-Based Employability Skills Training Program. The guests and dignitaries present at the graduation ceremony included Somali Community leaders, SCERDO staff as well as friends and family of the participants.

Hashi, a former GBES graduate and the Master of Ceremony at the graduation, began by welcoming all of the participants and guests. Hashi spoke briefly about how participating in SCERDO’s GBES program gave him great skills and helped open doors of opportunities to him. Hashi then welcomed SCERDO’S executive director, Bashir Ahmed, to give a speech.

In his speech, Mr. Ahmed thanked the dignitaries and the graduates. Mr. Ahmed also spoke about the success of the Group based employability skills project and results SCERDO has received over the last few years. The executive director also encouraged the students to continue improving their lives and always feel free to come to SCERDO for guidance. He also emphasised to the graduates that this was only the beginning of a new chapter in their life and that they should strive for the best possible future in Canada. Finally, the executive director encouraged the participants to abide by the law and give back to the community and country.

Muno Osman (the facilitator), Edmond Lee (the career coach) as well as several community leaders also gave brief speeches where they congratulated the participants and shared some words of wisdom with them.  The participants were advised to work hard, learn about their rights and responsibilities in Canada, integrate in the communities support each other and further their education.

Finally, Executive director Bashir Ahmed presented the participants with their certificates and congratulated them again on their accomplishment.

The colorful ceremony was concluded with a lunch consisting of traditional Somali cuisine which was enjoyed by everyone. It was a successful graduation and a big day at the Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization.

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