The vocational training program aimed to develop the learning skills of displacement-affected youth and women who found themselves in unstable circumstances, with most of them left without any source of income.
In addition to providing youth and women interns with vital skills for employment and income generation, the program reduces migration movements and improves peaceful coexistence.
The NRC has identified, registered and enrolled 123 youth and women beneficiaries in their preferred trades at selected vocational training centers in Hargeisa, Somaliland. They were made up of 62 women and 61 men, and they were enrolled in five different training institutions in Hargeisa.
Registered youth and women beneficiaries were trained in beautification (25), digital skills (13), electricity (25), plumbing (25), tailoring (20) and perfumery traditional (15). Trainees successfully completed their course with additional sessions on business and entrepreneurship training and received trade-specific kits upon graduation.
They were also oriented on literacy, numeracy and entrepreneurship alongside vocational training. To encourage the formation of business groups, trainees were encouraged to set up business centers and/or plan combined entrepreneurship.
The aim was to enable learners to become functionally literate, master basic and relevant literacy and numeracy skills, acquire knowledge and awareness that will support their development and awareness as individuals and as members of their societies, and to acquire a skill necessary for their lives. communities and this will increase their chances of finding an apprenticeship or paid work.
A graduation ceremony was held for the 123 trainees who had successfully completed the six-month vocational training program where relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Education were invited to provide certificates and give the starter kit to the beneficiaries.
The program was part of an integrated project funded by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. The project has also successfully addressed challenges hindering the protection and recovery potential of women and children affected by displacement.
Strengthening the resilience of communities affected by displacement has been made possible through specialized protection services for women and children. Protective and child-friendly learning environments have been prioritized for children and young people affected by displacement, thereby strengthening and expanding prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and access to protective services for the target group.
Nasra Mohamed, Somaliland Ministry of Education and Science “The ministry was well aware of this program and started working with the NRC from the evaluation period. We have monitored vocational training centers and have also worked with the NRC and the Department of Labor and Social Affairs to ensure that the skills selected are marketable so trainees can easily find employment.”
National Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia, Mohamed Abdi, said: “This project is designed to create jobs for 123 young people and women graduates from the NRC vocational training programme. The project targeted refugees, returnees, IDPs and vulnerable host communities in Hargeisa, Somaliland”.
Abdalla from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center thanked the NRC, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare for their role in the vocational training programme.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
© Press release 2021