Indian peacekeepers deployed with the UN Mission in South Sudan provided vocational skill development training in fields of Carpentry and Electric work to youth from the UNMISS POC site and Malakal town. The four month long training commenced on April 30, 2018 and culminated with Graduation Ceremony on September 4, 2018. This skill development training was initiated under the aegis of UNMISS-Malakal and NRDC (National Relief and Development Corps), a national NGO.
John Odhong Adyeng, Acting Governor of the Central Upper Nile State was the Chief Guest of the Graduation Ceremony. Miss Hazel Dewet, Head of Field Office (HoFO), alongwith Minister of Education, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Director RRC and Commander of Indian Battalion also graced the event.
A total of 50 youth including both boys & girls learnt skills of carpentry and electric work during the course. The course saw an enthusiastic participation by all students who wanted to ensure a bright future for themselves and their families.
Col Gaurav Batra, Commander of Indian Battalion complimented the efforts of RRP section (UNMISS) and NRDC for launching of vocational skill training for youths in POC sites and Malakal town towards improvement in the livelihood of the local people.
Miss Hazel Dewet, HoFO congratulated all the students for successful completion of their training and lauded efforts of the Indian battalion. She said, "The Indian battalion has gone above and beyond their call of duty to support this training for helping the local youth in securing a better livelihood. UNMISS has provided basic vocational training as initial support to the people, which should be carried forward by the local government to achieve a self-sustained all-round development of the country."
Towards the end of ceremony, course certificates and basic tool kits were distributed to the students. As concluding remarks, Chief Guest of the ceremony appreciated the efforts of UNMISS, NRDC and Indian Battalion to bring peace through education. The ceremony ended with a scintillating performance of Indian jazz band with local youth.