National NGO launches Vocational education to empower women

By Bullen Bala Alexander

The Support for Peace and Education Development Programme (SPEDP) in partnership with Women Aid Vision (WAV) launched a two year project to enhance vocational education and training service provision for women, youths and vulnerable groups in South Sudan.

The two years project is funded by Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency and European Commission.

Speaking during the launch at Roho Hotel in Juba yesterday, Kuc Gideon Tueny the Director General of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) at the Ministry of Education expressed his pleasure to Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency and European Commission for funding such an important programme.

“This is very important and essential education because these are the people who will build the nation from grassroots up to high level, because building the nation involves more practical work so it is only through TVET that a country can achieve its vision.”

He said it is the skills that can make one to get very good job saying if one has the skills at hand, it is easy for him or her to get job anywhere in the country.

However, he encouraged the SPEDP and WAV, the implementers of the project to work hard in order to achieve the aim and vision of the project.

Meanwhile Nava Raj Adhikari, the South Sudan SPEDP Country Director said the main objective of the project is to enhance socio-economic status of women, youths and vulnerable groups through vocational education and training (VET) for gainful employment and enterprise development by the end of 2021.

“SPEDP is aiming to improve the access to and quality of VET service provision for women, youths and vulnerable groups engaged in the informal sector of economy, to pilot new and innovative inclusive VET initiatives and tools; and to promote linkages between labour market demand and supply.”

He said at the end of the two years, SPEDP expected improved access of 1,000 women, youths and vulnerable groups to quality VET services to match the demand for competent performing workers in agriculture, construction and hospitality sectors.

“We will continue to sensitize technical training providers, private sector and state actors to develop linkages between labour market demand and supply in the agriculture, construction and hospitality sectors.”

Support for Peace and Education Development Programme (SPEDP) is a National Non-Government Organization (NNGO) founded in 2007.

Soro Mike Hakim, the SPEDP Chief Executive officer said SPEDP was registered in May 25, 2009 at Ministry of Justice and with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in April 2011 by the Government.

He added that SPEDP was also registered in Uganda in September 30, 2016 and operates in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District and among the urban refugees in Koboko Town, Uganda.

He said the main areas of intervention includes;  Education (Non-formal, Formal, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Non-Food Items (NFIs), Health and Nutrition, Human Rights, Peace building and Governance.

He said SPEDP operates in seven former states of South Sudan including; Central Equatoria (Juba, Terekeka, Yei, Morobo, Kajokeji, Lainya); Eastern Equatoria (Greater Magwi, Kapoeta, Budi); Northern Bahr el Ghazal (Aweil South, Aweil Centre); Unity (All the Counties); Upper Nile (Renk, Melut, Fashoda); Jonglei (Old Fangak, Pigi, Bor Town); and Western Bahr el Ghazal (Raga).

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