- UNITAR Division for Prosperity launched its new training programme “Bolstering livelihoods: Digital reskilling for Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland” on 16 October 2023 at an event in Warsaw.
- Guests included government officials, programme partners, academic institutions, NGOs and a participant of the new training.
- The training programme will run from October 2023 to March 2024. Close to 1000 Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland have applied.
- This is the UNITAR Division for Prosperity’s first training programme for Ukrainian evacuees.
- The programme is made possible through the financial support of the Government and People of Japan.
26 October 2023, Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR’s Division for Prosperity launched its training programme “Bolstering livelihoods: Digital reskilling for Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland“ on 16 October 2023 at an event in Warsaw. Guests included government officials, programme partners, academic institutions, and NGOs, as well as several participants of the new training programme.
Ms Mihoko Kumamoto, Director of the UNITAR Division for Prosperity, opened the event by expressing appreciation to the guests and partners for their support in making this training programme possible.
We stand here together today to support the people [of Ukraine]. Especially here in Poland, the collective support has been immense, and we send our full respect to you all and the communities. We are delighted that UNITAR Division for Prosperity is joining these collective efforts." —Mihoko Kumamoto, Director, Division for Prosperity, UNITAR
Distinguished guests Mr Akio Miyajima, Ambassador of Japan to Poland, and Mr Vasyl Zvarich, Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland, commended those who made the new digital reskilling programme possible and stressed the importance of such programmes for not only the evacuees and their livelihoods but for rebuilding countries in conflict.
A training participant also joined the event to share her motivations to join the digital reskilling programme.
I want to learn how to conduct data analytics, and assessment and [learn] managerial and financial skills. These skills are essential for a stable and profitable [business]. Creating a business can be a source of income for my family as well as create jobs for other Ukrainians who are struggling to find work. —participant of the training programme
ABOUT THE TRAINING PROGRAMME
“Bolstering livelihoods: Digital reskilling for Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland“ will train approximately 500 Ukrainian women evacuees in Poland in high-demand digital skills, with the ultimate goal of improving their livelihood potential. The programme will cover topics such as data analytics, web design, cybersecurity and basic data protection, and geographic data analysis.
The programme will run from October 2023 to March 2024 and will be delivered mainly in Ukrainian, free of charge. Participants who earn a UNITAR certificate of completion will receive support in finding IT-related jobs.
The programme is financially supported by the Government and People of Japan. It is run in partnership with Japanese, Polish and Ukrainian organizations including
- employment agency Pasona Group
- start-up company Eukarya
- Ukrainian academic institutions Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Catholic University
- NGOs in the region, IT Poland Technology Cluster, and Kyiv IT Cluster
- UNITAR Association
LAUNCH EVENT AGENDA
- Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Director, UNITAR Division for Prosperity
- H.E. Mr Akio Miyajima, Ambassador of Japan to Poland
- H.E. Mr. Vasyl Zvarich, Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland
- Mr. Makiya Nambu, Head International Business Division, Pasona Group
- Ms. Diana Rakus, Head of Expert Group on Investment Attraction to IT, Project Lead IT Education, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine (remote participation)
- Mr. Michal Kramarz, Head of Google for Startups, Central Europe
Introduction of UNITAR and the digital reskilling training programme
Women in Tech Presentation
- Mr. Benjamin Cope, Programs Director of Ukraine House Foundation
- Mr. Oleksii Molchanovskii, Deputy Dean of Applied Sciences, Ukraine Catholic University (remote participation)
- Mr. Andrii Hlybovets, Dean of Computer of Sciences, Kyiv Mohyla Academy (remote participation)
- Eukarya, Mr. Taichiro Fujino, Business Development, Project Lead (remote participation)
- Mr. Radoslaw Wrona, IT Poland Technology Cluster
- Ms. Viktoriia Zhurbas, CEO, Kyiv IT Cluster
Remarks by select participants of the training programme
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, UNITAR has offices in Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.
One of the eight divisions of UNITAR, the Division for Prosperity / Hiroshima Office seeks to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world. Our learning and knowledge-sharing services cover entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We empower individuals from developing countries – especially women and young people – to address inequalities. Our alumni are making a difference in least-developed countries, countries emerging from conflict, and small-island developing states.