Amid great fanfare, the president of the West African nation of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, launched a new national program to address youth unemployment through education and training. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), will implement the program known as PAJE-Nièta (“Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project”), which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under the portfolio of youth development programs known as EQUIP3.
Fatuma Mohamed is a participant in EDC’s Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth) in Kenya. She enrolled in the work-readiness training and then the entrepreneurship program, where she learned how to conceptualize and write a business plan as well as the nuts and bolts of running a business. Listen as Fatuma describes how a small grant from G-Youth paved the way to the opening of her own beauty salon.
After years of leading EDC work in Malawi and Zambia, Simon Richmond recently returned to the United States. He specializes in using educational technologies such as radios and iPods to enhance learning in remote communities.
Simon Richmond specializes in using technologies such as radios and iPods to enhance learning in remote communities. He recently returned to live in the United States after years of leading EDC’s work in Zambia and Malawi.
Several decades of civil conflict in Liberia have left teachers with languishing reading and math skills and little opportunity for improvement. To update their skills and help create a more effective teacher corps, more than 1,000 teachers and facilitators in six counties will receive three days of refresher in-service training. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), will deliver the workshop as part of the Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth (CESLY) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $75 million for a five-year project to be known as D-RASATI (“my studies” in Arabic) that will include thousands of students and teachers in more than 1,300 public schools throughout Lebanon.