Rebuilding peace and prosperity in Honduras will require partners from all parts of the country. Most importantly however, it must include young people, whose lives have been disproportionately affected by the breakdown in civil society.
EDC is contributing to the rebuilding process through its project Improving Education for Work, Learning, and Success (Mejorando la Education para Trabajar, Aprender, y Superarse, or METAS). METAS aims to provide Honduran youth with quality basic education and workforce skills training, with the aim of developing a responsible, competent workforce that can help businesses thrive in local and international markets.
METAS focuses on at-risk youth who have limited access to education and workforce development opportunities in Honduras. Project activities include the following:
- Develop, implement, and sustain the Basic Labor Competencies Training and Certification Program
- Establish alliances with the private sector to develop employment and internship opportunities for METAS youth
- Improve workforce development systems in Honduras through the engagement of multiple stakeholders
- Develop the capacity of local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and training institutions to deliver skills training opportunities to at-risk youth
- Increase access and quality of secondary alternative education
- Provide out-of-school youth with basic, workforce, and life skills
- Contribute to the body of knowledge on issues pertaining to youth and the workforce in Honduras
- Create regional alliances among public institutions, private businesses, schools, training centers, NGOs, communities, and the Honduran Government
- Reached more than 58,000 youth participants from 250 schools, communities, universities, NGOs, and businesses
- Trained 706 teachers and instructors who help facilitate the training process
- Trained over 24,000 young people through METAS’ Basic Labor Competencies Training and Certification Program
- Incorporated almost 8,000 out-of-school youth members into long-term employability programs
- Graduated over 1,900 alternative education students from high school