UNIDO graduates entrepreneurship trainers in Iraq

UNIDO graduates entrepreneurship trainers in Iraq

ERBIL, 23 November 2018 – Teachers and trainers today graduated from a training in entrepreneurship education provided as part of a Japan-funded project, implemented in a partnership between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The project aims to increase youth employability among refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by introducing entrepreneurship training and business support.

Forty educators were trained as part of the preparation phase of a pilot programme, which will see the Ministry of Education introduce an entrepreneurship curriculum in ten secondary vocational schools in Erbil. Furthermore, 22 new trainers from the Koya University, the Erbil Polytechnic University and local non-governmental organizations will conduct entrepreneurship development courses for youth and young adults, with UNIDO providing equipment, tools and materials, as well as support for youth-led business startups.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Japanese Consul, Katsumi Moriyasu, congratulated the 62 graduates of the programme emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship, especially for younger generations, in “the larger strategy for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the economy” for the region.

Hayder Mustafa from the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Planning added that: “This programme is changing the ways of thinking for our youth, as well as promoting women’s empowerment in the most vulnerable communities.”

Find out more about the project here.

For more information, please contact:

Noriko Takahashi

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division