Najiba Zadozaharo is a seamstress and was a textile trainee at KoKoTé. She speaks Arabic and German and comes from Syria.
She is 54 years old and a single mother of three children - and was a textile apprentice at KoKoTé. She is ambitious and willing to live an independent and self-determined life in Switzerland. She came to Switzerland from Syria in 2015.
"My little daughter - who is now training to be a specialist in detailing and is in her 2nd year of training - told me the following story:
They were talking at vocational school about parents and what they do for a living, and so on. So the teacher at the vocational school asked all the learners one after the other what their parents did for a living. When it was my daughter's turn, she told us that we came to Switzerland in 2015 as refugees because there was a war in our home country. She, her two siblings and her mother came from Syria. And she went on to say that her mother would start an apprenticeship in autumn.
The teacher was a bit surprised and asked her about her mother's age. Full of pride, my daughter answered: "My mother is 52 years old". To everyone's amazement, the teacher replied, "I think that's extraordinarily sensible and also brave that your mother is still doing an apprenticeship here in Switzerland, because it takes courage to do an apprenticeship at that age - all respect."
And now she has done it. As one of the oldest apprentices in Switzerland, she passed her final apprenticeship exam with flying colours. We are very proud of Najiba and are happy for her. Congratulations and we wish her many more successes and all the best for her future. We are glad that she will stay with us and contribute to KoKoTé.
I find this extraordinarily sensible and also courageous,