BY ISAIAH KITIMBO –

OYAM. District leaders in Northern Uganda have commended the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) for introducing the youth skilling programme (YSP) saying it will help to provide employment to the youth in the region.

DINU is a government programme supported by the European Union and supervised by Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

About 1,250 young people aged between 15 and 35 years from 37 districts in Acholi, Lango, Karamoja, Teso and West Nile sub-regions will benefit from the DINU youth sponsorship programme.

Mr. Pius Okello Ongom, the DINU National Programme Coordinator.

Mr Vincent Ochen, the Omoro District Education Officer, said: “As district officials, we are happy and fully support the DINU youth skilling programme in Northern Uganda for the benefit of many of our young people in the region”.

“We welcome the programme… We hope we shall be involved in all the stages right from application and selection of the beneficiaries, monitoring to graduation,” he said.

Ms Beatrice Arach, the DINU regional programme coordinator for Gulu, speaks to Mr Vincent Ochen, the Omoro District Education Officer, shortly after the workshop on August 7, 2020.

This was at a workshop for district education officers, community development officers, focal point persons, and representatives of Business Technical Vocational Education and Training (BTVETs) from Kotido and Omoro districts organised by DINU to validate the YSP implementation guidelines in Oyam District on August 5, 2020.

According to Mr Pius Ongom Okello, the DINU National Programme Coordinator, successful applicants will be trained at BTVETs based in Northern Uganda.

“The OPM-DINU youth skilling programme aims at improving skills and employability of the youth in Northern Uganda through access to relevant vocational training in agribusiness,” he said.

“OPM-DINU will sponsor the selected youth to access non-formal training in their desired agro-business courses in Northern Uganda. The purpose of this support is to ensure that beneficiaries are provided with basic requirements to facilitate their stay, studies and motivate them to complete the training,” he added.

DINU staff join local leaders from Omoro and Kotido districts and officials from BTVETs in a group photo shortly after a workshop to validate the OPM-DINU Youth Skilling Programme guidelines in Oyam District on August 7, 2020.

Ms Beatrice Arach, the DINU Gulu regional programme coordinator, encouraged all young people in Northern Uganda sub-regions to participate in the YSP to enable them fight unemployment and poverty.

“The OPM- DINU youth skilling programme is for your benefit. It is fully sponsored. You will be trained and given starter-up kits for self-employment. The skills will also enable you get employed,” she said.