February 19, 2023 (JUBA) – A total of 70 students completed a three-month certification course under the Digital Innovation and Skills (DISH) program conducted by the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) of South Sudan Did.
DISH, supported by the Dutch government, is an e-learning platform developed to provide access for young people and women to develop employment skills.
Each three-month course, including Peacebuilding, Teacher Training, Business Management and Information, and Communication Technology (ICT), was specifically designed to provide a certificate to pre-college level students.
At the graduation ceremony, CEPO operations manager Misak Mori said that CEPO strives to empower community members to become self-reliant.
“CEPO is an institution focused on creating a better and more balanced society. I look forward to going to and practicing,” he explained.
CEPO program lead Peter Bidali Elias said the certification courses are primarily aimed at young people and women who have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“DISH aims to increase enrollment in accredited education to improve employability. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people and women have faced the challenge of finding jobs.” he said.
Bidali cited a lack of gadgets and weak connections as challenges with the program.
He said plans for inclusive education for disabled people are underway.
Kennedy Khamis, a business administration graduate, thanked donors for supporting CEPO’s efforts to successfully run the DISH training program.
“CEPO has sown good seeds that will bear good fruit for the country. We appeal to our donors to continue to support the continuation of the program,” he said.
The DISH platform was established with partners in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Netherlands to implement two projects funded under the Orange Knowledge Program managed by Nuffic and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. increase. Projects help build peace, employ vulnerable youth and women, and build resilience.