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Minister of Youth and Sports of South Sudan on a visit to the National Training Academy

Yesterday, Monday, April 5th, Dr. Rasha Ragheb, Executive Director of the National Training Academy, welcomed Dr. Albino Paul, Minister of Youth and Sports of South Sudan, on his visit to the Academy. Dr. Albino Paul got acquainted with the Academy’s role in qualifying youth cadres and discussed ways of cooperation.

Dr. Rasha Ragheb welcomed the Minister and his accompanying delegation and expressed her happiness with this meeting and the representation of four trainees from South Sudan in two of the training programs offered by the Academy.

Dr. Rasha Ragheb accompanied the Minister and the accompanying delegation on a quick tour to see the new academic buildings that are being equipped to comply with global standards for creative and innovative buildings to encourage education and innovation within the classroom.

Dr. Rasha Ragheb gave an introduction about the establishment of the National Training Academy as a national project for qualifying youth and all the activities it has provided over the past two years. Then, the delegation watched a documentary about the African Presidential Leadership Program and a video clip of the song "The Africa We Want", prepared and presented by the youth of the program under the supervision of the Academy. Later, the minister and the accompanying delegation had an open meeting with the third batch trainees in the Executives Presidential Leadership Program, ‘Martyr Ahmed Mansi Batch.’

Dr. Albino Paul said that he follows the official pages of the National Training Academy on social media, such as YouTube, and on the Egyptian media, and that he witnessed the graduation of the first batch of the African Presidential Leadership Program by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. He added: “The idea of the Academy is brilliant and needs expansion." He spoke about the leadership qualification for Egypt’s youth since Egypt is a country of great history, and the Egyptian youth is intelligent.

Dr. Albino Paul also confirmed that Egypt, from the era of Sadat until the era of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, allocated a specific percentage of scholarships to the youth of South Sudan which resulted in having many leaders in South Sudan as well as the current President of the Republic. The president of the Republic and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan both graduated from Zagazig University. He also added that they are seeking to sign an agreement with Alexandria University to send coaches and professors in the sports field; he said that "Sport is a common language among the tribes."

Dr. Albino Paul stated that the Egyptian government's decision to build a training and rehabilitation center for youth in Juba in Southern Sudan is one of the most wonderful things he received from Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, to be a breakthrough in South Sudan. He also added that "People in South Sudan and Egypt drink from the same Nile. Integration between the two countries is very important, to ensure that all future generations can benefit from it."

In conclusion, the Minister invited Dr. Rasha Ragheb, representing the National Training Academy, to attend a party to meet all the groups who came from South Sudan.

Noteworthy is that the Executive Presidential Leadership Program aims to build highly qualified cadres for the country, capable of understanding and using modern mechanisms in policy formulation, managing the decision-making process, and applying a modern thinking style in line with the latest successful international applications and models. This enables them to acquire various leading positions. 190 trainees graduated in the first batch in January 2018, and 79 trainees graduated in the second batch (who received field training on October 3rd and lasted for a month in all governorates). The third batch started on November 8th, and the number of 65 trainees will be trained for a year( 9 months of theoretical training, and three months of field training).

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