110 Vocational Trainees Graduate in Gaalkacyo PDF Print


Gaalkacyo, Somalia - In August 2014, a graduation ceremony was held in Gaalkacyo where 111 young men and women received certificates for various vocational courses.

Ali Farah, 26 hopes the skills he acquired will help him support his family. “I have not only learned a lot about wiring of electrical and solar equipment but also the skills I need to start a business,” he said shortly after getting his certificate.

Nacimo Salaad was beaming as she walked from the platform from where she received a certificate in Computer and Office Management. The 16-year-old recounted her memorable moments from her time at Galmudug Vocational Training Institute. “I have made a lot of friends, we share the same goals and we supported each other during classwork and to complete assignments,” she said shyly.

The graduates who took their exams in May turned out in their best clothes; instead of the yellow overalls worn during training, the men were in neat shirts and trousers. Women wore colourful abayas and chatted excitedly as they waited for the event to begin.

The ceremony was a celebration of accomplishments over the six months of training. Deeq Shaare narrated what lessons were like before he grasped accounting principles “I would enter a figure in the wrong place which got me incorrect results. With time, I learnt how to make proper categorization of income and expenses.”

There were some challenges along the way: For Nacimo, it was difficult to complete assignments because she did not have a computer at home. It was hard to get books to read since the available bookshops do not sell them.

As part of their courses, the graduates also received other training regarding looking for jobs. They learned how to present their skills in CVs and were guided on the organisations in their areas that could be potential employers.

The training is part of ELMIDOON project supported by European Union. CISP is working with other partner NGOs as well as local authorities to support 400 young men and women learn skills that will improve their chances of making a living.


By Mohamed Mustaf, CISP Employment Promotion Officer, Gaalkacyo




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