In this blog post, EDC’s Gustavo Payan discusses the epidemic of violence affecting youth in Honduras, and how an EDC program is providing them the opportunity to earn an education and a living despite the challenges they face.
EDC will host a forum to discuss the problem of exploding violence in Latin America. The forum, “Seeking Solutions to Youth Violence in Latin America,” will take place Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at EDC’s Waltham office. The event is cosponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
“With the help of USAID, we started monitoring newspapers, and now we are developing another application to monitor Twitter and Facebook,” says Arbër Ibrahimi of Prime DB, a media monitoring organization supported by the Young Entrepreneurs Program.
Mergïm Cahani of Phronesis Technologies went to school in the United States and then returned to Kosovo to work. “There are great opportunities in Kosovo, and they show great potential,” he says. With support from the Young Entrepreneurs Project, Phronesis has developed Gjirafa, a search engine, and Izi Survey, which helps users create online surveys.
Goran Milenković runs MG Mondial, a fast-growing cleaning business that works with local municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and construction companies. With help from the Young Entrepreneurs Program, he is expanding his business with a new machine that plows snow in the winter and cuts grass in the summer.
Established in 2011, Taulant Koshi’s business exports products, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and jam, throughout the region as well as to Germany and Italy. A grant from the Young Entrepreneurs Project is helping the business increase its capacity and hire more employees. “We are amongst top exporters in Kosovo in the food industry,” he says. “We stimulate as much as we can the local economy.”
Applying what he learned through the Young Entrepreneurs Program, Muhamet Duka today runs a successful raspberry-growing business. “When I started alone, I had a different management style.” he says. “But with the help of USAID, which organized gatherings and information exchanges, I learned different methods of how to deal with raspberries in the best possible manner.”
The Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) is transforming the lives of youth in Kosovo by supporting the growth of small businesses. Watch as young men and women, such as Muhamet Duka and Flutura Dedinja, explain how support from YEP has enabled them to realize their dreams of launching their own businesses.
“I am one of those leaders who likes to run a business and likes to employ people,” says Flutura Dedinja, who runs a clothing design company. She dreams that her fashions will be sold in outlets throughout the region within two years.
A former teacher, Shpëtim Thaçi had a dream that Kosovo could produce its own chalk. With support from the Young Entrepreneurs Program, he was able to buy the equipment he needed. “The amount I could produce in three to four months would meet the annual needs Kosovo has for chalk,” he says. He plans to expand his business to Albania within the next few years.
Malawi primary schools face issues of large classes, high repetition rates, and teachers who resort to lectures and other marginally effective rote learning techniques to teach crowded classrooms. The Malawi Tikwere! (Let’s go up!) program uses interactive radio instruction (IRI) broadcasts to address these issues and bring student-centered instruction to primary schools countrywide.
The USAID Advancing Youth Project will provide increased access to quality alternative basic education services, social and leadership development and livelihoods for out of school Liberian youth aged 13-35 who have no or marginal literacy and numeracy skills. The project will work closely with the Ministry of Education and community-based organizations to build their capacity to manage a system and programs that provide youth with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
This project is developing activity materials for informal science educators who work with middle school youth as they investigate nature. It also involves controlled applied research to study how different modes of visual representations and the units impact the attitudes of the participating youth and their preparation for future learning.
Collaborators on this project are Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG), Boston Nature Center, and the University of New Hampshire 4-H.
Padres Unidos por la Salud y el Éxito de Nuestros Hijos will assess two intervention components aimed at reducing behaviors among youth that lead to elevated levels of HIV/AIDS in urban Latino communities.
The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program is designed to increase opportunities for students and teachers to learn about and use information technologies within the contexts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Youth-based projects that have strong emphases on career and educational paths
EQuALLS2 increases access to quality basic education and livelihood skills in areas most affected by conflict and poverty in the Philippines (primarily the Muslim areas in the Mindanao island group in the south). EQuALLS2 is a large-scale project that seeks to benefit 345,000 children and youth in 37 municipalities and four cities by training 37,238 educators and school officials, building the capacity of 850 local education stakeholder groups, and expanding local education resources through public-private partnerships.
The Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) project is a program of the Southern Sudan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). Four SSIRI activities provide learning opportunities for children, adults, and teachers in South Sudan.
THELEARNINGVILLAGE: IRI programs based on the Southern Sudanese Primary School Syllabus.
The Educational Quality Improvement Program 3 (EQUIP3) is a Leader-with-Associate Award that is designed to improve earning, learning, and skill development opportunities for out-of-school youth in developing countries.
Ruwwad, taken from the Arabic word for “pioneers,” is a ground-breaking program created by Palestinians, for Palestinians. Its mission is to empower Palestinian youth and the adults who serve them, so that both groups can become strong local leaders and change-makers. Since 2005, Ruwwad has been planned, designed, and implemented “by youth, for youth,” with a focus on positive leadership development for young women and men ages 14 to 30.
EDC will evaluate Adobe Systems Incorporated’s new signature initiative, Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), an international youth media making effort. Adobe and their program partners are training educators in five cities to lead youth media projects. The evaluation team will coordinate on-going evaluation to document the successes and challenges in implementing the initiative; and measure AYF effectiveness in meeting intended outcomes for teachers and students.
The Social Legacy Program (SLP) reaches out to youth and other vulnerable groups in the Europe and Eurasia region, giving them the tools they need to become local leaders and promote social change. Due to widespread socio-economic insecurity and a dramatic collapse in basic social services, these groups face great barriers to finding work and gaining viable skills, while the region on the whole struggles to make the transition towards market-oriented, democratic societies.