Youth Empowerment project launched
Minister Of general Education and Instructions Deng Deng Hoc speaks during the launch yesterday (photo by Kidega Livingstone):
By Kidega Livingstone
The Ministry of General Education and Instructions in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and UNICEF have launched a rapid assessment on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
The programme is aimed at empowering youth across the country in order to eradicate unemployment among the youth in 2030.
Speaking during the High Level Ministerial Forum on Technical Vocational Education Training in Juba yesterday, the Minister of General Education and Instructions Deng Deng Hoc said that challenges of unemployment among the youth was alarming.
He said there was need for government and other stakeholders to create more jobs through vocational training.
“The challenges are many but we can overcome them if we work together and if we put more efforts we can reduce and empower more people with skills,” said Deng.
He emphasized that technical vocational training could be a quick way of making money among the young people after six months of training.
“We have to work together as stakeholders in order to implement this recommendation. We have already established educational forum that involved government, civil society, development partners and United Nations agencies that address the issue of education in this country which is a good thing to us,” Deng said.
He stated that the working groups on education system in the country should work closely in order to have one policy on education programmes.
“This agenda of technical vocational education and training is too closed to the conflict. Through this programme we can convert more youth from participating in the conflict and involve them in vocational training, we shall create new routes for them through the activities to earn them income,” Minister Deng said.
He said the government was committed to changing the lives of the youth through technical vocational education.
On his part, the country Representative of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Mr. Sardar Umar Alam said that stakeholders including South Sudan agreed to have one policy of technical vocational education in the country.
“We have one policy that can allow us to monitor the technical vocational education and training in the country,” Umar said.
Rapid assessment on Technical and Vocational Education and Training is funded by the European Union, Norway and Sweden.