Scholarship for S. Sudanese launched

The United Nation Insititude of Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima office and the embassy of Japan in have launched the 3rd cycle of UNITAR South Sudan Fellowship programme.

The programme is focusing on Project Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship skills, the six –month capacity building training programme offers scholarship to 25 South Sudanese.

In a press release, Kiya Masahiko, Japan’s Ambassador to South Sudan said the government and the people of Japan are behind the efforts to achieve sustainable peace and development.

“As a nation that rose from the devastation of war, Japan is eager to see peace talk root in the country by the people’s leadership and ownership galvanized through this Japan-UNITRA Hiroshima project,” Masahiko said.

He added that the government of Japan strongly advocates for global peace and development, is committed to supporting South Sudanese through a range of humanitarian, developmental and peace building projects, including UNITAR Hiroshima.

The programme is being coordinated with the support of the government. The ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation is the focal point for the programme, and Ministry of Labour, Public Services and Human Resource Development is the operational focal point, according to Masahiko.

This will contribute to small and medium enterprises and contribute to small stable economic prosperity of south Sudan in long run to generate income for the unemployment and thus reduce aid dependency.

Meanwhile, Gathok Gatkuoth Hothnyang, Minister of labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development hailed the people of Japan for their tireless support to South Sudanese through fellowship programme.

He said more than 60 percent of the population is youth, and we believe that human development is crucial to maintained peace and embrace development.

“We believed that the fellows in need of assessment and project proposal writing will reduce the need to hire foreign consultants, and allow the fellows to be change agent in various institutions,” he said.

The South Sudan fellowship programme presents great opportunities for young professional lives from diverse background to work together for common goal, which is to create a better future.

On his part, Hihoko Kumamoto head of the UNITAR said, “Building friendship and trust is essential for their personnel and professional lives, and in the long run, will significantly contribute to nation building.

By Rose Keji Benjamin

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