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Training for a better future in South Sudan

Plan International - with support from the European Commission - is implementing a youth economic empowerment programme in South Sudan, with the overall objective of ensuring that marginalised youth in the area are socially and economically empowered in more peaceful communities. The most marginalised youth are supported to enrol in and complete vocational training courses, as well as life skills education allowing them to become economically independent. Ronald is one of the beneficiaries of this project.

Ronald is attending a mechanics course as part of the programme.

Ronald's story

Ronald is 19 years-old. After losing both his parents a few years ago, he had to drop out of school and relocate to his uncle’s home, where he started cultivating the family farm. He practiced substance farming, and grew crops for home consumption. He only sold the surplus to be able to purchase goods and other items that he could not get through farming.

I couldn’t make enough money to take care of my siblings and also pay for my education

Ronald says that prior to the loss of his parents, he still depended on small scale farming to raise money for school fees, “there was no one to support me financially, yet secondary school is very expensive, I couldn’t make enough money to take care of my siblings and also pay for my education. So I had to drop out of school and retire to a farmer's vilage at the age of 16” Ronald said. 

Ronald is among the 340 students who have enrolled in Plan International South Sudan's vocational training programme in Magwi County. Thanks to the programme, Ronald is now studying auto mechanics.

“I had longed to join Magwi vocational training school but I didn’t have money. The mechanics course is expensive. I couldn’t afford to pay for myself and also buy the training materials so I had to just forget about my wish to become a vehicle mechanic. The free training opportunity given to us by Plan International South Sudan is a great opportunity for me and other young people in my situation to acquire important skills that will enable us to support ourselves economically”. Said Ronald. 

For now, it sounds farfetched but with this training, I am very optimistic that I will get there

Ronald plans to join a local garage along Magwi Torit road, where he will practice and gain experience to become a professional in that field. He also said that he plans to work hard and save some money so that he can further his education in mechanical engineering to a diploma level. “For now, it sounds farfetched but with this training, I am very optimistic that I will get there”, Ronald said determinedly. 

 

For more information about Plan International's work in South Sudan go to plan-international.org/south-sudan.

For more information about the work of the European Commission's International Cooperation and Development Directorate General, please click here.