Gov’t signs $11million tripartite project for technical education

Gov’t signs $11million tripartite project for technical education

The national Ministry of Finance and Planning inked an agreement worth $11.3 million with the Africa Development Bank and UNSECO to support technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in South Sudan.

The Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr.Bak Barnaba Chol, signed on behalf of the government, and Mr. Themba Bhebhe, AfDB country manager, signed on behalf of the bank.  Dr. Tap Raj Pant—UNESCO Head of Education Unit—signed on behalf of the UN agency.

According to Bak, the grants will add value to the Ministry of General Education and Instructions, the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology, and Labour and Industrial Relations.

“The grant is concerning the support for Technical and Vocational and Education and Training (TVET) and value chain projects in three identified ministries namely; General Education, Higher Education, and Labor and Industrial Relations,” he stated.

He added that the agreed projects are expected to commence early next year, effecting capacity building, manpower development, and exchange of technological know-how among the people of South Sudan in various parts of the country.

In 2021, with the support of UNESCO, 30 line ministries and government institutions were mandated to implement technical and vocational education training (TVET) in addition to the development partners and private and faith-based training centers.

 However, due to the looming food insecurity in South Sudan, the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) granted $ 8.1 million to support food production in South Sudan in July 2022. The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved a grant of $ 8.1 million to South Sudan to fund its emergency food production program.

 The grant was meant to constitute additional financing for the ongoing agricultural markets, value addition, and trade development projects seeking to contribute to the reduction of food insecurity, poverty reduction, economic growth, and the building of community and household resilience and social cohesion.