SPEDP 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) has lunched two years project to train women and youth in hand skills.

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

Speaking during the launch at Roho Hotel in Juba, Kuc Gideon Tueny Director General of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) at the Ministry of Education thanked Enable; 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 build the nation from grassroots to high level building the nation involves more practical work so it is only through TVET that a country can achieve its vision,” he said.

Mr. Tueny encouraged the SPEDP and WEV the implementers of the projects to work hard in order to achieve the aim and vision of the project.

Nava Raj Adhikari SPEDP Country Director said the main objectives of the project were to enhance socio-economic status of women, youths and vulnerable groups through vocational training.

“SPEDP aims at improving the access to and quality of VET service provision for women, youth and vulnerable groups engaged in the informal sector of economy,” he said.

Raj added that they want to pilot new and innovative inclusive VET initiatives and tools so as to promote linkages between labour market demand and supply.

He said at the end of 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,” he said.

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 on May 25, 2009 at Ministry of Justice and with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in April 2011 by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.

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.

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