The Japanese Embassy and UNESCO signed on Tuesday, an agreement to enhance youth employability and resilience for peace in Nineveh.
"The Japanese Embassy signed an agreement with UNESCO to enhance youth employability and resilience for peace in Nineveh, in the presence of the Advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Alaa Abdul Hassan,” said the reporter of The Iraqi News Agency (INA).
UNESCO Director in Iraq, Mr. Paolo Fontani told The Iraqi News Agency (INA), “Signing the agreement with the Japanese embassy took place in the presence of the Ministry of Higher Education and the Northern Technical University, which is the main beneficiary of the project.” He pointed out that “The project aims to integrate with other UNESCO projects targeting the education sector, especially vocational education and training, through capacity development, quality assurance and accreditation, reducing violence based on extremism and building a culture of peace.”
The Japanese ambassador to Iraq, Futoshi Matsumoto, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “Japan is interested in reconstructing Mosul after its war with terrorism and rehabilitating the psychological damage of young people."
Matsumoto continued, " "We focused on supporting youth through a program at the Northern Technical University in Mosul to deal with UNESCO and introducing some programs at the University to give greater financial support," affirming "This project is part of our support, there are several programs implemented by public institutions in Mosul, and other programs to focus on entrepreneurship in the city."
In turn, the representative of the Ministry of Higher Education, the advisor Alaa Abdel-Hassan, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "This project is important in terms of supporting youth employability and students of the Northern Technical University, which is located in Nineveh Governorate."
He emphasized that "The aim of the project is to promote opportunities for peace in the province and support its efforts initiated by universities first", explaining that "this project is a grant from the Government of Japan to the Northern Technical University and the project will be implemented by UNESCO".
He indicated that "UNESCO is a real and permanent partner of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to implement many projects, including the development of educational systems, the development of vocational education and other projects," pointing out that "this project will enhance the employability of young people and will be reflected in finding job opportunities for the unemployed, and it will be a solution to enhance peace in the province, and it could be expanded to other provinces.
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