UNICEF supports vocational training for youth in Syria

Over 3,200 adolescents and youth benefitted of the programme with generous contribution by Germany

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young man practicing haircut
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Masoud Hasen
06 September 2018

Over seven years of conflict and displacement have taken a severe toll on families across Syria.

Inflation, combined with loss of livelihoods and depletion of financial resources have made youth especially vulnerable, with many forced to work to support their families.

To help youth in the city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria reach their full potential and increase their employability, UNICEF supports a vocational training programme, including sewing and embroidery, hair dressing, nursing, computer literacy, Photoshop, and English language courses. With thanks to a generous contribution by Germany, over 3,200 adolescents and youth aged 15 to 24 have benefitted of the programme over the past year.

I wanted to learn nursing to help my sick mother, she only has me to take care of her,

Nour, 17,
young girl practicing nursing
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Masoud Hasen
Nour, 17, practices measuring blood Oxygen levels and pulse on her friend during a UNICEF-supported course on nursing in the city of Qamishly. “I wanted to learn nursing to help my sick mother, she only has me to take care of her,” says Nour.
young man practicing haircuting
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Masoud Hasen
“I have been looking for opportunities to learn a profession to support my family in caring for my siblings and I,” says Mohammad, 17 who signed up for a two-months hair-dressing course at the UNICEF-supported centre in the city of Qamishly, northeastern Syria.

I have been looking for opportunities to learn a profession to support my family in caring for my siblings and I,

Mohammad, 17
young girl practicing nursing
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Masoud Hasen
Batoul, 20, practices measuring blood pressure on her friend, during a UNICEF-supported course on nursing for youth in the city of Qamishly, northeastern Syria. “I want to learn nursing to help sick people,” says Batoul.

I want to learn nursing to help sick people,

Batoul, 20,
young man practicing haircut
UNICEF/ Syria 2018/ Masoud Hasen
Neejirvan, 22, heard about the UNICEF-supported vocational training courses in Qamishli city from his friends and signed up for male hairdressing. “I appreciate this opportunity to learn a new skill and become self-dependent,” says Neejirvan who picked up the profession quickly.

I appreciate this opportunity to learn a new skill and become self-dependent,

Neejirvan, 22