The broad objective of the project is to develop capacity of young South Sudanese for various practical skills and knowledge to meet changing demands for socio economic development. Youth unemployment, caused by among other things skill mismatches, is a major concern in South Sudan. An estimated 50.6% of South Sudanese population live below the poverty line. There are few industries, limited domestic production and high reliance on imports thus limited job opportunities in the market for the young people. About 80% of young South Sudanese have migrated from their communities idling in urban centres resulting in in the escalation of unemployment and petty crime in the towns. The project takes place in Juba, Yei, Kaju Kejji and Wau.
Schools can be a safe place where children are accounted for and protected from risks. Furthermore, life-saving items (food) and messages (vital health, nutrition and hygiene information, HIV prevention, etc.) can be passed on to children in schools, who can pass knowledge on to their families. In this way, provision of education in conflict setting can be lifesaving, as well as a vector that supports the other humanitarian sectors. Even more importantly, psychosocial support and education in emergencies operations can contribute to breaking the circle of violence, often perpetuated by young people who themselves have been traumatized during situations of conflict and war.
The project will work in collaboration with the government of South Sudan line ministries alongside with other stakeholders at the National , State level, County and Payam levels. Activities will focus on the position and access of education and skill building opportunities for girls.