July 8, 2012 ·7 Comments
ANKARA — The Turkish government has formally began training 120 Somali students in a prestige technical institution in the capital Ankara this week. The Somali ambassador to Turkey, Nur Sheikh Hamud Mursal, visited the Erkunt Vocational Center where 1,11 boys and 9 girls are undergoing Technical and Trades Innovation training.
Somalia is keen on sharing information on human resource needs in the economy and has so far requested assistance in trades, health, security and agriculture sectors.
Turkey has offered more than 1,500 scholarships to Somalia in a number of defined sectors where skilled people are desperately needed after twenty years of conflict.
Turkey hopes a better trained workforce more aligned to modern market needs will help strengthen stability in Somalia. Turkey says it will teach the Somali people to be self-reliant in the long term. Ankara government has stressed its bilateral programmes will focus on larger and longer term investments that bear real fruits for the Somali people.
Ankara has defended its policy reiterating that Turkey and Somalia’s joint
Commitment are made with best endeavours in the spirit of partnership and
mutual friendship. It has argued that it has no other motives other than to see Somalia back on its feet.
These 120 students will be trained by qualified Turkish instructors who are regarded some of the best in the region and instrumental to Turkey’s fast growing economy.
The Somali embassy in Ankara under Ambassador Mursal and General-Secretary Abdukadir Mohamed Nor, will oversee and review results and progress.
The Somali government has promised to capitalize on the opportunities and send the right people to undergo such skill upgrade.
The Turkish government has pledged to increase the uptake of scholarships recipients in private and public sector in targeted areas. It will as well increase the number of skilled tradespeople so the country can be rebuilt fast rather than employing foreign workforce. Turkey has already hundreds of engineers in Somalia working along and training Somali workers.
The institution is both funded and supported by the Department of Lifelong Learning in the Turkish Ministry of Education and its important partner Confederation of Tradesmen and Artisans of Turkey popularly known as Tesk.
It was just days ago when Turkey officially began training the first 60 cadets for the Somali national police force in Istanbul as part of its pledges to help rebuild Somali institutions.
During his visit to the school, the Somali Ambassador in Ankara extended his appreciation to the Turkish people and government on behave of the Somali people and their government.
He applauded the Turkish support which has already made remarkable changes in Somalia.
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By Hassan Ali