First technical college opens in war-torn South Sudan
This week, a five-year Plan project finishes with the opening of a technical college to a generation of youth looking for new opportunities after being paralyzed by two decades of civil war, widespread unemployment, and lack of workable skills.
“I am lucky to be enrolled,” says Isaah, a 21-year-old electronics student. "This school will provide an opportunity for many unemployed youths, most of them former child soldiers, to acquire skills that will enable them to play a meaningful role in the future of our country.”
New opportunities for Sudan youth
The groundbreaking multi-million dollar landmark Juba Technical High School came about as a result of two independent feasibility studies that found professional skills training for young people is an essential part of the recovery process, on the road to peace.
With that knowledge, and the cooperation of the South Sudan government, Plan saw an opportunity to offer the young people of war-torn Sudan the chance at a better life through education and skills training at a specialized facility.
The students come from marginalized communities and include former child soldiers. With Plan’s support, the technical college is fully equipped with computers, electronics labs, workshops and a library. There are also separate washrooms for teachers, boys and girls.
Education is the road to peace
“Technical education is a serious priority for development because it plays an important role in securing peace and sustainable recovery in a country ravaged by civil warfare,” says Fikru Abebe, Plan International’s Director for Southern Sudan.
“Skills training will provide the much needed skills for a country whose economy and infrastructure has been battered by more than twenty years of war.”
Plan hopes to replicate this school project in other parts of the country, and is working with local partners, in the private and public sector, to facilitate post-grad employment opportunities within communities.
Learn more about Plan's work in Sudan.