Graduation Ceremony of Darfur Youth Volunteers - Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur

Jun 26, 2014

Darfur - 122 youth volunteers received certificates of completion of nine months voluntary work in local communities in five Darfur states under the Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur Project.

The ceremony took place simultaneously in El Fasher and Nyala to celebrate the volunteers’ graduation under the project led by
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Peace Studies and Research Centres of the Universities of El Fasher and Nyala. Local authorities such as the State Ministry of Finance, State Judiciary, Ministry of Animal Resource, Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) as well as representatives of the African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), El Fasher and Nyala universities have participated in the event.

In addition to the ceremony, a job fair was organized to reinforce the sustainability of the initiative, with the aim to connect the talented young volunteers and local youth to the job market in Sudan.

The job fair featured five companies and five organizations, including Sudani, MTN, Zain, Saving and Social Development Bank, Bank of Khartoum, WFP, MC-Scotland, IOM, UNICEF and UNV. Through the job fair, youth volunteers had an opportunity to learn first-hand about the requirements for job seekers from the different companies and organizations. The youth also got valuable career advice and submitted their CVs to be kept on record by companies and organizations present at the event.

Mudathir Ibrahim, volunteer in environmental conservation from Ed Daein said “This was a great opportunity for me as I have been involved for nine months in intensive training and community work helping my own people. Farmers in my community have expressed their great appreciation of my work that helped them to acquire new knowledge and skills for sustaining their farming activities by using environmentally friendly approach.” Ibrahim has further applauded the job fair that gave him first hand exposure to potential employers, recruitment requirements, and job opportunities.

The job fair in El Fasher took place at El Fasher University while the job fair in Nyala was held at UNAMID headquarters. The UNAMID UNV field unit in Sector South supported this event with the aim to advocate for and to promote volunteerism. A similar certificate awards ceremony is planned for Geneina on 28 June 2014.

The Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur project is
a joint initiative led by UNDP with the support of the Government of Sudan and UN Volunteers, and funded by the Republic of Korea. The project addresses key challenges for environmentally sustainable poverty reduction in Darfur by establishing a youth volunteers-led scheme. In partnership with the Universities of Nyala, El Fasher and Zalingei, the project trained 205 university-graduates from Darfur; out of which 139 were deployed for nine (9) months as youth and senior volunteers to work  in 47 local communities across the five Darfur states. During this period, they lived in the communities; sharing their skills and knowledge.

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For more information about the Youth Volunteer Rebuilding Darfur project, please contact:
Mr. John Anodam (Programme Manager) UNDP Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme, john.anodam@undp.org
Press contact: Ms. Nada Hashim, UNDP Communication Unit, nada.hashim@undp.org

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