South Sudan: Income opportunities for young people affected by conflict
The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has displaced over four million people. At the moment, there are about 40,000 people in refugee camps in Wau, the country's second largest city. An estimated 20 per cent of people living in these camps are young people aged 15 to 24. This means that around 8,000 IDPs in Wau are of vocational school age. In addition, there are 43,000 regular residents of the city of the same age. Without training, the vast majority of these young people will not be able to find work.
The vocational qualification of young people in Wau is a particular concern for Malteser International. This capacity building through training secures the sustainability of other aid measures, while breaking the vicious circle of illiteracy, poverty and hunger. With this project, young people in Wau can acquire general life skills, as well as skills to become masons, carpenters, welders, and automobile mechanics.
South Sudan has one of the highest rates of adult illiteracy in the world, according to the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Less than a third of the population is literate, and the rate is even lower for women. Due to the ongoing civil war, only a small quantity of private and public schools for vocational education are in operation. As a consequence, the country's vocational education and training sector faces a daunting task.
- The training received offers young people a better chance of improving their living situation by earning a livelihood.
- Crash vocational courses in handicraft for young people
- Construction of two classrooms
- Provision of equipment for the mechanic shop and Research Centre at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre (DBVTC) as well as training of staff
Area: 644,329 km²
Population: c. 12 Million
Project duration: since November 2017
Donors: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Partners: Don Bosco Wau
Last updated: August 2018