“It’s really hard when you don’t have an education, and there are no job opportunities. So when I started with this training, I realized I could earn money.” For Norally Serra of Labuan, a small fishing village in Zamboanga City, Philippines, an EDC-managed training helped her to help her family.
Rommel Bonifacio, the oldest child in his family, knew his family needed more money to get by. “I said to myself, ‘I’ll take a shot.’” He enrolled in an EDC training program in his village and got a job. “After I joined this program, I developed self-determination,” he says.
Ruthatana Patrick used the skills he learned in an EDC youth livelihoods program to form a business cooperative that specializes in silkworm, fish, and rabbit farming. Now he’s the president of the co-op, but his dreams are even bigger: “My goal is to place myself among the most upstanding citizens of the country.”
EDC will cohost a symposium on education in international development, sharing the lessons learned from a decade of working with youth as part of the portfolio of USAID-funded programs known as EQUIP. The symposium, “Informing the Future: Ten Years of Experience in Global Education in Development,” will be held Tuesday, November 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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.
A panel discussion about youth and livelihood will be held at EDC’s Washington, D.C., office. Highlighted during the event will be the launch of the new website Preparing for Work: Resources for International Youth Livelihoods Education, which will feature effective curricula and tools to help prepare young people for work.
In Mindanao, a region wracked by decades of conflict, EDC offers basic education and workforce development training opportunities for youth who have dropped out of school, including small-engine mechanics, carpentry, weaving, baking, and electronics repair.