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World Bank funds TOP$13 million project to address unemployment in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 9/12/2019

The Government will begin next year with its new project aiming to address unemployment in Tonga.

Lu’isa Manuofetoa from the Ministry of Internal Affairs says, the TOP $13 million project aims to empower young teenagers to complete their high school years and prepare them to continue their studies in the tertiary level, also to find the best jobs available locally and abroad.

This follows a survey in 2016 conducted by the Tonga Statistics Department indicating the need to address youth unemployment.

Issues raised from the survey include, high rate of school drop out in Tonga citing reasons such as financial constraints, losing interest in completing high school years and lack of support from home towards students.

With the new project expected to commence next year, about TOP$360 will be given to each student per term, to fund their school fees and necessary school materials.

The Internal Affairs Ministry is working closely with the town and district officers to identify people living in hardships and also those who urgently need Government financial assistance.

The project is funded by World Bank and administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Education.

 

 

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