Women graduates displaying a certificate of completion from Vocational Training Centre in Bor POC on 24-7-2018 (photo by SPEDP):
By Moses Gum
Over 200 women and girls living in Bor Protection of Civilians sites graduated from the Vocational Training Programme after completing skills training courses in different fields on Tuesday.
The training program conducted by Support for Peace and Education Development Programme with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) passed out 220 women and girls after equipping them with different talents in the fields of tailoring, computer applications, bedsheet design, bakery, masonry and carpentry among others.
Bush Buse, the Project Manager at SPEDP explained that the project was aimed at strengthening the resilience and economic capacity of vulnerable women and girls in Bor PoC to enable them cope up with the effects of the current economic hardships and rebuild their lives.
“Today we are passing out a good number of trained women and girls in different fields. The skills imparted on them will help rebuild livelihoods that were disrupted during the conflict,” he said.
Buse pointed out that women of bed sheet design and tailoring crafts were given start-up machines and while a group of 200 business skills training course received startup capital worth 1.5 million South Sudanese Pounds to help them embark on sustainable business activities.
“I had wanted to start business and do computer course but it was difficult to do so,” said Elizabeth, one of the graduates. She expressed that the skills acquired will enhance the living standards of the beneficiaries and their household members. She thanked SPEDP and UNDP for the project, describing it as a way of building their human capacities.
Maliar Nguen, the chairman of the PoC said that, he appreciated SPEDP for enabling the women complete the training successfully. He acknowledged that SPEDP spent a lot of funds for service in the PoC which made women very happy to do work and generate income.
Abure Isaac, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for SPEDP who represented the organization’s Chief Executive Officer said, it was encouraging to see such great numbers of women getting skills in different disciplines. “I want to congratulate all of you for dedicating your time and efforts to complete these training; I know it was not easy, because some of you have left your husbands and children with hunger purposely to complete the program,” he said. “I would also like to thank the husbands and relatives who allowed their wives and daughters to come and attend the training. It was a right decision because women and girls can do whatever a man can do when they get training,” Abure added.
Sabrina Fritige, the Camp Manager ACTED Organization, thanked SPEDP for the work which led to the successful graduation ceremony. “SPEDP has great team and we have been working in collaboration with them here in PoC”. “We will always remember SPEDP for the great work they have done and we look forward working with them in future. These women and girls have shown that they really needed such opportunities to empower them,” Sabrina added.
More than 1,000 people attended the joyous event including representatives from UNMISS, UNHCR, ACTED, ALARM, Community leaders, faith based groups, youth groups, women and children. The ceremony was colorful and marked with cultural dances, gift presentation to the implementing partner and the chief guest, songs, and many other activities dominated the occasion.