NUEYS host a graduation ceremony for trainees in Keren

Feb 15, 2017

Mayor of Keren, Mr. Zerzeghi Dawit presents a certificate to a graduate, while her mother congratulates her. © UNDP Eritrea/Mwaniki

The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) held a graduation ceremony for its trainees from Anseba Region, after completing their four months training. The ceremony was held at Keren Hotel and 142 youths graduated with certification in Electric installation, photography and videography, computer skills, hair dressing and beauty and choreography.

During the graduation ceremony, Knut Felberg, Technical Advisor at UNDP acknowledged the wonderful collaboration between the communities, Region (Zoba) administration, donors and the Government of the State of Eritrea in equipping the youth with skills for work.  Mr. Habte Gebregziabher, Programme specialist at UNDP encouraged the students to use the skills they had acquired to make their parents and country proud.

The Mayor of Keren, Mr. Zerzeghi Dawit also congratulated the graduates and added that the city administration was supportive to the trainees and urged them to use the skills they have learned to help themselves and others in their communities. He commended efforts by the government to include vocational training for youth in their policies.

The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) is equipping the youth with vocational skills to help them engage in economic activities and access employment. The trainings are facilitated through the UNDP supported skills development, employment and migration project in all the six regions of Eritrea and funded by Norway and Japan. In 2016, 1060 young people graduated from the Youth employment development skills project, some of who have gone ahead to start their own businesses. The training is still ongoing in all the six regions.

A committee of representatives from the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), NUEYS, local administration, Ministry of labour and human welfare and the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), selects the beneficiaries. The selection criteria take into consideration; gender balance, youth from female headed households, youth who have been demobilized from the military service, internally displaced people and youth who have special needs.

The skills development, employment and migration project enhances the capacity of various vocational training institutions and equip the youth with work skills.