IOM, USAID to Provide 6,000 Scholarships for Young Salvadorans

Zacatecoluca - More than 6,000 young Salvadorans will benefit from scholarships covering tuition and monthly fees, transportation subsidies, school supplies, support for skills development, job training, and formal employment possibilities through the Educational Opportunity Scholarships project launched last Wednesday November 17.

These incentives for young people to continue their studies will be channeled through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology within its Gradual Educational Model for Technical and Technological Learning (MEGATEC) framework.

The program's coverage is nationwide. The academic offer includes technological management of cultural heritage, global logistics, electronics, computer engineering technician, computer hardware, tourism management and development, food technician, construction engineering technician, and others.

"Together with IOM, the U.S. Government, through USAID, will provide full scholarships and stipends for transportation and food for thousands of young people to successfully complete their studies at the Megatec centers in Zacatecoluca, Santa Ana, Ilobasco, Sonsonate, Chalatenango, and Morazán. They will obtain the skills and knowledge that will allow them to aspire to better jobs," said Jean Manes, Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.

With a total investment of USD 20 million, the implementation of this initiative is projected for the next four years. It seeks to strengthen strategies for sustainable reintegration of returned migrants, prevent risks associated with irregular migration and generate prosperity and hope in the lives of Salvadoran youth through equitable access to higher education options.

"Through education, I have learned to question the issues I am passionate about and to look for solutions," said Samuel Castaneda, a high school student and potential beneficiary of the program.

A study conducted by the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) in 6 municipalities of San Salvador and published in October 2021 revealed that over 50% of the surveyed population considering to leave their country in the next 12 months reports the search for better opportunities as their primary motivation to migrate.

"This scholarship program is an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate that investing in human development is the best response to prevent irregular migration and the risks inherent to it. Enhancing the skills and competencies of young people, increasing their self-esteem, and providing them with professional tools will allow them to make reasoned decisions in line with their life projects," said Nicola Graviano, IOM Chief of Mission in El Salvador.

The Educational Opportunity Scholarships project was presented las Wednesday November 17 in an event chaired by the Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in El Salvador, Jean Manes; the Chief of Mission of the IOM in El Salvador, Nicola Graviano; the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), David Gosney; the Director of Planning of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, José Mauricio Pineda, and the rector of ITCA-FEPADE, Elsy Escolar Santodomingo.

For more information please contact José Miguel Gómez at IOM El Salvador, Email: miggomez@iom.int, Tel: +503 7600 1784.

Date Publish: 
11/19/2021
Tags: 
USAID, el salvador, causas de migracion, migración irregular

Joint Statement of the United Nations System in the Dominican Republic

Date Publish: 
16 / 11 / 2021

The United Nations System in the Dominican Republic is aware of the complex situation in Haiti, its potential impact on its neighbor, and the concerns of Dominican society in the face of the worsening crisis. 

It also recognizes the will and actions of the Dominican government to mobilize and request the international community's support to the Haitian authorities and people in the search for solutions and a response to the humanitarian, security, and development dimensions of the crisis.

The United Nations System, recognizing the sovereignty of the Dominican State to apply its border and migration management legislation and policies, has been collaborating for many years to strengthen its migration policy within a framework of rights and in compliance with international standards and conventions. The UN System will continue to support all efforts in this direction. 

However, the United Nations System expresses concern about recent actions by the police authorities in various Dominican regions, which jeopardize the lives of pregnant women seeking or receiving care in health centers and hospitals. These actions do not comply with the process established in national protocols and international conventions and standards, which prohibit the deportation of pregnant women, infants, elderly and sick people, including special procedures in the case of unaccompanied children and adolescents.

The United Nations System calls upon the State authorities implementing the decisions taken by the National Migration Council to suspend actions violating or threatening the human rights of the Haitian population and reestablish respect for human dignity in the application of its migration and security policies. 

The United Nations System reiterates its strong willingness to support the Dominican State in establishing measures to address irregular migration and security in line with international human rights standards, especially for women, children and adolescents, while fostering good relations between the two countries.