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Curriculum launched for technical education

By Wek Atak Kacjang

The Minister of General Education and Instructions has launched Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program to provide education to youth through skills training.

The curriculum is intended to be used for short courses running between three and six months leading to award of certificates.

According to Minster Deng Deng Hoc, the program will focus on solving the problem of unemployment by developing skills of youth, women, disabled and older persons.

Speaking at the launching ceremony yesterday in Juba, Deng said the curriculum was developed with help from the European Union with the intention of providing support to youth of South Sudan.

Minister Deng said over 4,000 youth will benefit from the project in the next three years.

“The project provides critical support in the Ministry of General Education to consolidate efforts in the country to coordinate Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) and to award certificates through National Examination Council which is a body for examination certificate before Universities,” Deng said.

Meanwhile Christer Hermamson, the Head of Cooperation at the European Union Mission said they estimated that 70 percent of South Sudan population is youth, and almost 60 percent of them were unemployed.

“Without giving skill to these youth, the country will not be able to grow because education and training of the youth remains very fundamental in social economic development in South Sudan,” Hermamson said.

“We need to jointly work hard to achieve sustainable development in South Sudan. We must equip relevant skills and contribute positively to development in the country.”

Ahmed Mohammed Musa, the Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Research, Science and Technology in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA), said he hopes all government institutions and private sector can be involved in order to develop the capacity of youth.

“We want technical vocational education training to be a choice not an option in our essential learning processes. The only way to overcome the changes of employment in the country is to involve competent TVET system in South Sudan,” Musa said.

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