Arts for Peace Centre launched in Juba

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Global Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation has launched Ats for Peace Centre in Juba funded by the United States Embassy in South Sudan.

Paul Onek, GEPA Program Coordinator said their program seeks to improve youth attitudes and behaviors across the country.

He said they want to help young people to recognize their own values and contributions that they can make within their communities.

“Global Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation wants to open the minds of youths for new ideas and possibilities for their own future,” Onek said.

He added that the program aimed at providing youth with opportunities to start their own community song talents.

James Oyet, one of the youth from Gudele residential area thanked Global Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation organization for introducing the initiative.

“Some of us have good ideas but there is no support with like this initiative to empower our talents,” he said.

“There are many popular youth who are using their talents that has earned them respect in their different fields,” Oyet said.

Oyet revealed that before joining the GEPA talents training, he was good at Deejaying.

He appealed to his colleagues who have not joined them not to worry as another batch would be recruited after three months.

Dominic Joseph Paul from Gumbo who joined the training said lack of quality training facilities was hindering development of talents in the country.

“Accessibility to better training facilities will create a positive environment that encourages proper training. I believe if Global Empowerment for Poverty Alleviation puts good more training to our youth some of us will not sit idle,” Joseph said.

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