Peacebuilding needs skills training-refugee boy


Peter Nyang South Sudanese refugee youth training in shoe making at vocational center in Kampala (photo by Martin Manyiel Wugol):

By Martin Manyiel Wugol

A young South Sudanese refugee in Uganda said peacebuilding required skills training to make people become self-reliant.

Peter Nyang, who was undergoing training in shoe making at a Vocational Training Centre in Kampala, said people needed to be engaged in skills training.

“The best way to support peace is by making young people busy. Peacebuilding alone is not enough without empowerment,” he said.

“There is an urgent need to empower young people through vocational training to allow them to integrate,” Mr. Nyang added.

He said Young Adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI) was doing its best to engage with refugees in rebuilding their lives.

YEI is a local organization operating in both South Sudan and Uganda. It supports the grassroots people, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees and their host communities.

Mr. Nyang made the remarks during a one day workshop organized by Young Adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI) at Bugema University under the theme “Youth innovation preparing youth for local and global opportunities”.

The purpose of the workshop was to addressed the challenges facing youth as part of empowerment programs through new model, known as “The Peace Enterprise”.

Speaking on behalf of the participants drawn from various universities in Kampala and refugee camps, Ms. Suzan Luak hailed the youth for being resilient by withstanding enormous challenges during the difficult time.

She said as peace has come it was now time for the youth to practice their skills and make life meaningful to their family and the nation at large.

Gatwal Augustine Gathuoth, Executive Director of YEI said Peace Enterprise has four components including peace building, Information Communication Technology, Agribusiness hub and vocational services.

He added that this model can bring peace and make youth self-reliance.

Mr. Gathuoth said the meaning of peace was to change the livelihood of the people by engaging them into something productive and be able to feed themselves.

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