GAP P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) life learning programme

To build the capabilities of women in the plantation industry by enhancing their skills around communication, problem-solving and decision-making, time and stress management, and water and sanitation (WASH), thus giving participants greater control over household income, increased decision making authority, and improved overall well-being.

The women targeted by the project are primarily those who are socially and economically vulnerable in the plantation sector.  For the “adolescent girls” portion of the project, parents of selected families with adolescent daughters, identified as influential within the plantation community, will receive the P.A.C.E. training.

The programme will:

  1. Provide a training course to a larger field of trainers to increase understanding on P.A.C.E. and build in sustainability
  2. Strengthen the Community Development Forum (CDF) membership
  3. Provide P.A.C.E. training to 1000 women in 20 plantations
  4. Publicize and create an acceptance of the P.A.C.E. training within the communities

Specific goals:

  1. Enhancing the life skills capabilities of 1000 plantation women.
  2. Strengthening 20 Community Development Forums (CDFs) under multiple Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs), who provide the selection and mobilization function in the communities. Additionally, CARE will guide the women in the committees to use the skills learned from P.A.C.E. in the CDF context.
  3. Exposing 20 respected and influential families within the communities in three estates to the P.A.C.E. program and convincing them to act as champions to the programme in anticipation of implementation of the adolescent programe. – This activity will also support the women (all of whom would have undergone P.A.C.E. training in Year One) to practice the skills they learnt effectively, and truly measure the effect of the training in the home as well as the workplace.