Prepara Ami ba Serbisu (PAS), which translates to “Preparing Us for Work,” is a workforce preparation program in Timor-Leste that assists rural youth (ages 16–30), many of whom dropped out of school and have little opportunity other than subsistence farming. These youth gain the skills and expertise needed to find self-employment or job opportunities and more promising futures. Over 1,500 men and women graduated from the program’s eight-month combination of off-the-job classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and livelihood accompaniment.
The Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) aims to better prepare Kosovo youth for work in a growing market economy and for engaged citizenship in a developing democracy. To meet this goal, the YEP team will work together with selected market areas, engaging employers and other local, regional, and national leaders to blend together resources, skills, and policies for a sustainable system of opportunities and supports for out of school and out of work young people.
The HP LIFE e-Learning program, developed by EDC and HP together with a team of partners, includes free, interactive online courses to help budding entrepreneurs create, establish, and grow successful businesses. The program is being widely disseminated in time for Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 12–16.
EDC’s Akazi Kanoze youth livelihood program in Rwanda graduated its latest class of 3,037 trainees in a ceremony featuring the country’s first lady and minister of education. The four year project is targeting 15,000 youth by January 2014.
The Shaqodoon program was created to provide Somali youth with greater access to training, internships, work and self-employment opportunities in order to productively engage youth and add to the stability and development of the region. Shaqodoon is Somali for “jobseekers”.
What does it take to help youth be the best they can be? The Garissa Youth (G-Youth) Project in Kenya is helping one community answer that question by providing opportunities for education, skills building, and entrepreneurship. Listen as program participants and EDC staff discuss the ways in which G-Youth is opening doors to the future for the young people of Garissa.
dot-EDU was an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention mechanism for USAID Missions seeking to improve education systems in their respective countries. dot-EDU sought to assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems that improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies. The dot-EDU mission had two foci. First, dot-EDU provided training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing and implementing technology-assisted applications.
EDC’s Gender, Diversities, and Technology Institute works at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, culture, and sexual orientation seeking to understand how technology can support the development of democracy and human rights. Projects focus on increasing participation in and distributing ownership of the “new knowledge society” brought about by emerging technologies.
EDC’s Health and Human Development Division in Asia works with local partners in four countries in South and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, India, Thailand, and Vietnam—and previously Lao PDR) to provide care and support as well as prevention education to children affected and infected with HIV and AIDS. Project activities include providing financial and in-kind assistance to orphaned children to attend school, vocational training for young people who must support their families, and training peer educators so they can educate their friends in their own communities about HIV prevention.
Proyecto METAS enables at-risk youth in Honduras gain the job skills, knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and life perspectives needed to create positive futures, as well as providing local companies with the skilled workforce needed to compete in international markets.
Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth (CESLY) helped Liberia’s young people develop the skills and attitudes necessary to progress in the conventional academic system, progress with formal and non-formal livelihood training programs, find jobs, or create their own employment, as well maintain healthy lifestyles and participate in their communities.
Through EDC’s Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth), 2,500 Kenyan youth are better positioned to pursue employment and livelihoods opportunities. A participant in the project describes how G-Youth enabled her to pursue a degree and find employment at a radio station.
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HPLIFE) is partnering with EDC to train students, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to apply IT and business skills so they can establish and grow a business, build successful companies, and create jobs. EDC supports program participants with training and a variety of resources. Features of the program’s e-learning website are highlighted in this video.
The desire to learn is powerful—even in regions devastated by war, corruption, poverty, instability, lack of resources, and natural disaster. Cornelia Janke talks about the critical role of education in rebuilding fragile environments around the world.
EDC officially launched the USAID-supported Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) training project for trainers in Guyana. Project leaders say the course will last two weeks, and will look at critical issues pertaining to linking youth opportunities in the country.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in seeks to strengthen youth’s access to justice and equip youth with market-driven skills and attitudes to improve their ability to transition to the workforce. SKYE will target a total of approximately 600 youth beneficiaries who do not have the necessary education, skills and behaviors for integration into the workforce; many will be school dropouts and/or involved in the juvenile justice system.
PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs or Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project) is a five-year youth development initiative The project works to provide 10,000 rural, out-of-school youth with improved basic education, work readiness and technical training, social and leadership development, and accompaniment towards livelihood activities. Nièta means “progress” in Bambara, a Malian language.