UNITAR is delighted to announce the launch of a new collaboration with Omnia Education Partnerships and Finn Church Aid in the framework of the Leave No One Behind (LNOB) initiative. On 23 May 2019, Ms Mervi Jansson from Omnia Education Partnerships and Mr Ville Wacklin from Finn Church Aid paid a visit to UNITAR headquarters in Geneva to discuss the details of the Memorandum of Understanding, subsequently signed by all parties and aimed at delivering high value accredited education to vulnerable populations in hard-to-reach areas, in partnership with UNHCR.
This collaboration hopes to provide and ensure inclusive quality education, promote lifelong learning for all and allow for the meaningful inclusion of beneficiaries in the workforce, regardless of location. The partnership also aims to contribute directly to the creation and delivery of a roadmap for sustainable migration and mobility of skills across all levels of education.
The LNOB initiative, and projects derived from it, offer youth and adults access to quality education by providing lifelong learning and professional skills development opportunities. The operational model allows for quick adaptation to local circumstances and delivery through local partnerships. This creates a learning environment which is scalable and has a sustainable local impact. This project will complement a wide portfolio of advanced academic programmes already offered by UNITAR in the field of peace and security.
UNITAR is also honoured to be starting a new collaboration with Silatech, with a Memorandum of Understanding being signed between UNITAR and Silatech on the 21st of June 2019, in the presence of H.E Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al-Mansouri of Qatar and Ms. Sabah I Al Haidoos, Silatech’s CEO. Silatech is an international social development non-profit non-governmental organisation, that works on connecting youth wherever they are to jobs and enabling resources for them to establish and sustain successful enterprises through providing innovative solutions to local, regional and international partners.
The cooperation will focus on capacity building programmes for the economic empowerment of youth in Africa, particularly in the G5 Sahel countries and Rwanda, promoting the importance of decent jobs and economic empowerment of youth in conflict and post-conflict contexts through online and offline training and high-level events. This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to further the work of both UNITAR and Silatech in supporting the 2030 Agenda, and SDG8 and SDG16, in particular. It is envisioned that the collaboration will allow for the sharing of knowledge and expertise, developing capacity and supporting peace through the meaningful economic inclusion of youth across the world.