Kbrom (left) and Fukadu (centre). (Source: de Gelderlander. Photo: Jan Ruland van den Brink)
Bicycle mechanics Kbrom and Fukadu at Van Raam
Van Raam also employs a number of students from this programme, such as bicycle mechanics Kbrom and Fukadu, both of whom have also obtained the diploma of Assistant Bicycle Maker. Both originate from Eritrea and it is the first diploma in the Netherlands that they have in their possession. Fukadu, Kbrom and the other students of the study programme helped each other by motivating and stimulating each other in both technique and language. Kbrom was interviewed by the Gelderlander and Fukadu by the magazine 'Werkt!' of the Graafschap College to share their experience about this programme.
Fukadu himself is very happy that he has taken this step. Just like in the Netherlands, people in Eritrea have a thing for cycling. That's why he wanted to follow this course. He likes to work with bicycles and he likes working at Van Raam. Now he wants to learn more to get the next diploma. Kbrom also indicates that Eritrea is a real cycling country. Just like in the Netherlands, people in Eritrea are used to cycling to school and work. "We have something with cycling", says Kbrom.