German Launches Special Training Initiative to Refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa October 17/2018 The government of Germany has launched Qualifications and Employment Perspectives for refugees and host communities in Ethiopia (QEP), a special initiative that would reintegrate refugees with host communities.

The project, which is commissioned by German Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will be implemented for the coming four years to improve the employment perspectives of refugees and host communities in Addis Ababa, Somali and Beishangul-Gumuz Regional States.

BMZ has also allocated some 6500 million Euro, which will contribute to better employment for more than 1500 refugees and host communities in the areas of refugee camps by providing vocational trainings, it was learned.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the program, State Minster of Education, Sahile Teka said the program will help refugees to increase their access to education and employment.

Ethiopia is steadily expanding its vocational training during the last decade, the new initiative has been welcomed by the government of Ethiopia, he stated.

The State Minister added that the program jointly launched by Ministry of Education will have a vital role especially for thousands of refugees in Ethiopia to be economically self-reliant.

Program Manager of QEP, Nicola Demme said on her part that Ethiopia is the second largest refugees host nation in Africa with hosting close to one million refugees.

She pointed out that the situation is critical that many of refugees depend on food rations and are unable to support themselves.

In this regard, QEP is set to foster entrepreneurship and exchange formants for more employment of refugees and host communities, the manger indicated.

Nifas Silk Polytechnic College one of the TVET College in Addis Ababa, which has been chosen as a pilot project to begin the training program and it will be expanded in the refugee camps, it was learned.