By Karyn Mikkelsen-Tillet | Director Global Partnerships & Communication
Madagascar is one of the five poorest countries in the world, 81% of its population lives below the extreme poverty line and only 11% of Malagasy people are in formal employment. 2⁄3 of the population are under 25, and 500,000 young people enter the job market each year for only 40,000 formal jobs created. The enrolment rate, 76% in primary education and 27% in secondary education, drops to 13% for higher education. At the same time, the island is facing a growing need for labor in the digital field, which is very active in the country. Digital companies face a growing need: 7,500 profiles are needed each year, while only 700 students are trained.
Training - During a one-year post-high school preparatory course, young Malagasy students are introduced to and trained in digital careers. Their training is divided between academic classes and pro-bono interventions from private companies supporting the project. The training incorporates innovative and interactive educational approaches that allow for an indepth learning process and the improvement of problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to new challenges. The training program is spread over 2 semesters and is made of four educational modules and internship: applied sciences, IT, languages and communication, soft skills. Students also visit universities and companies to discover possibilities in terms of orientation and the realities of the job market. In addition, they complete a one-month internship at the end of the preparation year to better understand and experience professional life. At the end of this preparatory year, we guide our students towards post graduate studies or a professional path, through a tailored guidance adapted to their skills, their desires and in line with the needs of the local market. Those who pursue their studies (100% of our inaugural class) are offered scholarships as well as a socio-educational follow-up until they find a secure job.
Program completion & University - PNM held its program completion ceremony in November. This celebration included the inaugural class of 25 students. They successfully completed their training and internships. These 25 young people have been accepted to excellent universities to continue their studies in the IT field.
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