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.
PAJE-Nièta is recruiting and training 200 educated, unemployed youth to serve as community-based literacy, work readiness, and youth leadership trainers. The project will also integrate appropriate information technology to support linkages to agriculture market information, workforce opportunities, and job networking and cell phone multimedia lessons to enhance instruction and learning.
PAJE-Nièta is an associate award of the Educational Quality Improvement Program 3.
Director: William Potter
Funder: U.S. Agency for International Development
Partners: Association Jeunesse Action Mali; Catholic Relief Services; Mali Ministries of Employment and Technical Training, Education, Youth and Sports, and Agriculture; Swisscontact