Ongoing conflict in the Mindanao region of the Southern Philippines has led to wide displacement of residents, lack of essential services, and high rates of poverty and youth unemployment. As in many regions of conflict, formal economic, educational, and civic opportunities are scarce—a combination of factors that pushes many young people toward participating in idle pursuits.
EDC is working with the government of the Philippines and local partners to strengthen peace and stability in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao through the USAID-funded Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) Program. MYDev aims to actively engage out-of-school youth (OSY) in workforce and community development activities, contributing to incremental gains in mutual trust and social capital that underpin local area stability, security, and prosperity.
MYDev seeks to engage at least 19,000 out-of-school youths in workforce and community development activities. The project’s activities include the following:
- Implement livelihood skills trainings for youth through the Department of Education’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and local service agencies in selected conflict-affected areas in Mindanao
- Support equitable access to basic education and high school equivalency courses through the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning Systems
- Deliver EDC’s Work Ready Now! curriculum to enable young people to think critically and act creatively while demonstrating effective work habits, communication skills and interaction, and disciplined personal conduct in the workplace
- Provide capacity building to local OSY development alliances
- Trained over 8,288 out-of-school youths in MYDev’s life skills curriculum for work readiness and civic engagement and 5,387 out-of-school youths in technical training courses
- Enabled OSY development alliances to conduct local market analyses, providing guidance to local training service providers on skills training courses
- Organized OSY summits at six sites to allow youth to demonstrate newly acquired skills, showcase products, and present entreprenurial business plans, as well as to provide youth with links to job referrals
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Republic of the Philippines Department of Education; Bureau of Alternative Learning, Republic of the Philippines Department of Education; Local government units (mayor’s office); Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO); Local service providers: Notre Dame University; Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Central Mindanao Integrated Livelihood Assistance and Resource Development Foundation, Inc. (CEMILARDEF); United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD); Nagdilaab Foundation; Technical vocational institutes.