IOM Launches Youth Vocational Skills Training Programme for Youths in Northern Chad
Faya – On Wednesday (18/08), the first group of 23 young Chadians – including 11 girls – started their courses in computer science and electrical engineering in Faya, in Northern Chad, as part of IOM’s new youth vocational skills training programme.
The vocational skills training programme will provide technical and life skills to 225 vulnerable Chadian youths in the Borkou, Barh el-Ghazel and Batha provinces of Chad which are key areas of origin and transit for young Chadians interested in irregular migration.
As part of the programme, youth will be able to follow professional training in electrical engineering, computer science, tailoring, and automobile mechanics.
“We are excited to launch this programme to support the socioeconomic development of Chadian youth. Besides professional trainings, they will also get the opportunity to life skills related to literacy, human rights, conflict management and community radio production”, said Jakob Kienzle, Project Manager with IOM Chad.
Young people are a fast-growing proportion of the Chadian population. According to national statistics, 53% of the population is below the age of 14, with the majority living in rural areas. Facing unemployment and few opportunities for learning and socioeconomic development, many Chadian youths opt to migrate, sometimes risking their lives along irregular migration routes for a chance at better economic opportunities.
To respond to this phenomenon, IOM is implementing the project “Empowering vulnerable Chadian youth to becoming peacebuilding agents” jointly with the World Food Programme and with funding from the UN Peacebuilding Fund.
The objective of the project is to enable young Chadians from three provinces to provide for themselves and to play an actively promote peaceful relationships within their communities.
Gnoma Dwasala (21) is one of youth taking part in the first batch of the trainings.
“When I was younger, I always wanted to work in electrical engineering. But because there are no learning centers for this field here, I tried to leave to go to Abeche [in Eastern Chad] to study there but it did not work”, he says.
But with IOM’s help, Gnoma will finally be able to realize his dream.
In his opening speech, H.E. Mr. Abakar Hissein Didigui, Secretary General of the Borkou Province congratulated IOM for the work already accomplished and motivated the trainees to become professionals in their respective domain and take their life in their own hands.
Through the project, IOM rehabilitated the Faya Professional Training Centre, the only such structure existing in Northern Chad, to increase youth’ access to skills and employment opportunities.
The new vocational skills training programme complements this action and will strengthen the youth’ employability and entrepreneurship capacities and empower them to contribute to local development.
The launch of the youth vocational skills training programme was chaired by Secretary General of Borkou Province and the Deputy Director General of the Ministry for Vocational Training and Businesses, Mrs. Khadidja Sakine.
For more information, please contact Francois-Xavier Ada Affana, Communications Officer at IOM Chad. Email: email@example.com.