The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a training programme on Pedagogy and Technical English for English Language Instructors of the Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship Centres (VTECs) under the Khartoum State Supreme Council for Human Development and Labour (SCHDL). The training targeted English Instructors and aimed at upgrading their knowledge, understanding and proficiency on technical English, in other words, the use of technical terminologies and pedagogy technique to improve teaching methodologies. The training was implemented through the Sudan English Language Teaching Institute (SELTI) under the Sudan National Centre for Languages (SNCL).
The SNCL/SELTI successfully implemented the two weeks training targeting a total of 20 English language instructors to further develop their knowledge on technical English and pedagogy techniques through interactive teaching and learning methods set towards shaping autonomous learners and continuous skill development. The training also served as a platform to providing a solid introduction to the teaching of technical English and with a strong emphasis on developing practical skills for the classroom.
The two training ended on 29th August and the closing ceremony was attended by the staffs of UNIDO, SNCL/SELTI and SCHDL. During the certificate distribution ceremony UNIDO Chief Technical Advisor Mr. Ram Kishore Singh thanked SNCL for imparting the training and requested participants to share the knowledge and skills acquired with other colleagues at the VTECs and the students. He also emphasized importance of English language in technical and vocational education and to communicate easily with fellow global citizens.
Director of the Secretariat of Vocational Training at the SCHDL Mr. Hassan Adam said “the facilitators covered everything and we are very satisfied” he also encouraged the teachers to practice their newly gained technical knowledge and share it with their students and among one another, adding “I would like to thank UNIDO for their continued support to the Supreme Council and VTECs and hope that in future even more advanced training programmes will be conducted by UNIDO to develop capacity of the SCHDL and VTEC staffs”.
Mr Ali Bakheet, the Deputy Director of SNCL thanked UNIDO for entrusting SNCL to implement this important training programem and said that ‘’One of the most important aspects of education is the vocational training which is very essential and is a growing sector of opportunities to our future generations and has become nowadays equally as important as other aspect of education’’
The training is part of the activities of the European Union funded UNIDO Project on Employment and Entrepreneurship Development for Sudanese Migrant Youth, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Host Communities in Khartoum State. This project is part of the EU Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) in the Horn of Africa, which has been set up to address some of the protection and development challenges related to forced and protracted displacement.
The project aims to enhance employment opportunities and stimulate entrepreneurship for unemployed youth including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and host communities in Khartoum State, it is executed by UNIDO and implemented in collaboration with the four vocational training and entrepreneurship employment centres (VTECs) in Khartoum State, in partnership with the Government of Sudan and other stakeholders.