UNITAR graduates four batches of fellows
Seiji Okada, Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan [file: photo]
By Wek Atak Kacjang
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) with support from Japan graduated four batches of South Sudanese fellows in Juba on Tuesday.
The follows were from the cycles from 2015 to 2018.
In total, 84 people including 40 females and 44 males graduated from the UNITAR fellowship.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Seiji Okada, Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan said the training supports people and promotes native capacity development.
“The Government of Japan will continue to provide humanitarian assistance, capacity building, and other forms of development assistance,” Okada said.
He added that Japan will support the people of South Sudan in an objective way based on their needs in education, health care, and infrastructure.
Gen. James Hoth Mai, the Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development said the UNITAR fellowship project is very important to South Sudan.
“Especially we in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development because it is training young talented people to take over the labour market of the country at one point,” he said.
He urged the Japanese Government to accelerate and increase the number of trainees.
“It is a very important project because we lack trained manpower.Our human resource through this project will benefit alot and it will be benefit to our country,”Hothadded.
The labour minister said if there are many well trained people, their knowledge will contribute to development of the country.
“I urge our young people to focus as government we have to get them necessary jobs for what they have learned,” he added.
Mihoko Kumamoto, Director of UNITAR-Hiroshima said the aim of this training is to trained juniormid-level professionals from different sectors of public and private sectors, civil society and academy on project development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and entrepreneurship skills.
She said by training young people, “we promote local solution for South Sudan.”
The UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship Programme is a six-month-long training programme which focuses on project implementation and development, aiming to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective project management and leadership of 20-25 junior-mid level professionals from public sector, civil society organizations, private sector and academic institutions in South Sudan.
Fellows are trained to be able to identify local needs and national priorities, and successfully design and implement projects to address them in ways that will help shape their nation’s path toward sustainable recovery and development. A special emphasis is placed on methodology and skills development related to leadership and mentoring.
The Fellowship aims to develop the capacity of each individual Fellow to be a leader, able to contribute to organizational change within his/her respective ministry or organization.