South Africa to train new group of government officials from Southern Sudan

(NSV) - The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has today announced in a press release it would be training 16 government officials from Southern Sudan in an attempt to “prepare them for future leadership.”

The three year program was approved at the end of last month with funding said to be coming from the London-based Africa Educational Trust. However, the program implementation will be carried out by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Development Studies department.

“The aim of the program is to prepare Southern Sudanese officials for future leadership positions. In their studies, students will focus on development, leadership, strategic and policy studies, international relations, conflict management, and other important topics,” the press release said.

South Africa’s involvement with training and “leadership development” for southern Sudanese dates back few years before the historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was signed between the SPLM and NCP in 2005 and the partnership continues to grow.

To create some balance in the schedules for these officials since they are also full time government employees in Southern Sudan, the press release added that “they will spend two months annually in Port Elizabeth attending classes while for the remaining time lecturers and staff will communicate with them over the internet, video conferencing, and lecturing in Southern Sudan.”

Below is the full copy of the Press Release:

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

19 May 2009

Officials from Southern Sudan embark on a program in Development and Leadership Studies in South Africa

 

At the end of April 2009, sixteen government and military officials from Southern Sudan embarked on a three-year program in Development and Leadership Studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The aim of the program is to prepare Southern Sudanese officials for future leadership positions. In their studies, students will focus on development, leadership, strategic and policy studies, international relations, conflict management, and other important topics.

The program is funded through Africa Educational Trust (AET) from London and implemented by the department of Development Studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Since the students already hold posts in the government and military structures of Southern Sudan, they will spend two months annually in Port Elizabeth attending classes, while for the remaining time lecturers and staff will communicate with them over the internet, video conferencing, and lecturing in Southern Sudan.

As the future of Southern Sudan depends on having educated and competent leadership capable of planning and managing coherent strategic policies, this program will play an important role in developing qualified personnel within the structures of the government of Southern Sudan.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Savo Heleta, project coordinator, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +27 78 644 1101 (South Africa).

 

Sincerely,

 

Savo Heleta

Project coordinator

 

 

 

 


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