KATHMANDU, Jan 13: With the aim of providing vocational training to 45,000 youths across the country, the Ministry of Education is all set to implement EVENT project by the first week of February.
The project is to be implemented in 18 districts in its first phase providing three-month trainings free of cost to 7,500 youths. The government then aims to expand the program in 75 districts by mid-April covering around 45,000 people from 16 to 45 years of age.
According to Laxmi Ram Poudel, director of the EVENT project, the non-government organizations and companies that conduct the trainings must provide employment to trainees for at least six months.
Speaking at a function organized by Education Journalists´ Network (EJON), Poudel said the organizations and companies carrying out the trainings would be paid on the basis of their performance. Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Sarlahi, Parsa, Makwanpur, Chitwan, Baglung, Kaski, Palpa, Rupandehi, Dang, Surkhet, Banke, Kailali and Kanchapur have been selected for the first phase training. Trainings would be provided on areas such as off-season vegetable farming, mechanics, embroidery, telecommunications, plumbing, electronics, tailoring, painting, herbal plant harvesting, masonry, cookery, among others.
According to Poudel, participants of the training would be able to earn Rs 15,000 after the training. “Local organizations have undertaken a survey on the demand and supply of skilled manpower before submitting their proposals to us,” said Poudel.
The training would mainly focus SLC dropouts.
Likewise, MoE also plans to promote organizations working for the welfare of marginalized groups and communities. Organizations that can attract maximum participation of Dalits, single women, and the physically challenged would receive 100 percent incentive from the government. Similarly, those that can attract participation of ethnic and indigenous groups would receive 80 percent incentive and those that attract participation of people living under the poverty line would receive 60 percent incentive