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.
Child laborers in Tanzania who participated in the non-formal, radio-based education program, Mambo Elimu, performed as well as students in the state-run public school system, according to recent exam scores from districts where Mambo Elimu was being piloted.