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Indian peacekeepers in S Sudan help impart vocational skills to youth

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

Indian peacekeepers in the South Sudanese city of are helping over 100 people learn a range of vocational skills that is promoting entrepreneurship in the community, the in the country has said.

The training programme is funded by in (UNMISS) and implemented by the (NRDC), with help from subject matter specialists belonging to the UNMISS

"The UNMISS in and the educated youth with a number of vocational skills, promoting entrepreneurship and peaceful coexistence," UNMISS tweeted.

An article on the UNMISS website said youth from town and their peers staying at the for displaced persons are in the process of acquiring a range of vocational skills with help from the peacekeeping mission's Relief, Reintegration and Protection section.

More than a 100 young people have been learning the necessary know-how in vocational fields such as hairdressing, tailoring, brick laying, carpentry and solar and electrical connections, it said.

The article quoted 22-year-old who has been learning about solar and electrical connections for the last three months.

"I hope to be able to become an electrician either in the or in town wherever the business is good for me," she said.

Akol's classmates are also learning how to make solar connections, guided by peacekeepers from the based there.

said initially it was difficult to get the youth interested in the programme as many of those in the were reluctant to sign up for a training in town.

"It took a lot of convincing, but in the end, it paid off. This has been a very successful project and we are glad to have run this training on behalf of UNMISS," she said.

At the completion of their respective programmes, trainees will be given starter kits to set up activities geared towards promoting entrepreneurship in their communities.

"Besides the obvious benefits, there are other intangible things they are learning here, such as social cohesion and peaceful coexistence. This is important for their return and reintegration into community," says Cosmas Ba-Ana Itenebe, an UNMISS Relief, Reintegration and involved in the project.

The UN peacekeeping mission is now hoping to replicate the promising Malakal experience in other parts of the Upper Nile region.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 11:10 IST