UNESCO, the Swedish Embassy in South Sudan and the Ministry of General Education and Instruction launched a four-year project on “Strengthening TVET in South Sudan” on March 10, 2022 in Juba. The project aims to strengthen technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in South Sudan from 2021 to 2025.
In his remarks, Professor Hubert Gijzen, UNESCO Regional Director for Eastern Africa, appreciated the generous support of SEK 100 million (equivalent to US$11 million) from Sweden to strengthen TVET , one of the most critical and needed education sub-sectors in the world. the country. Given the high rate of illiteracy and the growing number of out-of-school youth, he recommended that South Sudan adopt a policy that integrates literacy into all TVET initiatives targeting youth and adults. He stressed that skills are vital for poverty reduction, private sector development, job creation and self-employment, especially for young people.
For his part, Mr. Joachim Waern, Head of Office, Embassy of Sweden in South Sudan stressed the importance that his country attaches to the development of skills of young women and men in South Sudan.
Speaking as the guest of honor for the launch of the project, the Honorable Minister of General Education and Instruction, Mrs. Awut Deng Acuil expressed her special gratitude on behalf of the Government of South Sudan to the people of Sweden and their government for supporting TVET which contributes to the achievement of South Sudan Vision 2040 and the SDGs. She further expressed the commitment of all relevant ministries to support the implementation of the project and urged other development partners to follow the project as a good model and rethink the promotion of TVET skills in the fifteen other remaining SDGs.
Hon. Pierre Baptiste, Hon. Professor Mathew Udu, Dr. Sisto Otim, Hon. Esther Ikere and the Hon. Sandra Bona, representing all different ministries and parliamentary committees, supported in her remarks the cross-ministerial approach to TVET, including green TVET, gender equality and inclusion of people with disabilities.
The event brought together more than 120 people, including fifteen line ministries; three commissions; representative of the president’s office; the chairs of the R-TNLA committees for education, youth, health and labor; donor representatives; private sector; UN and NGOs.