This project provides vital and focused skill training to equip and empower youths and young adults in Sierra Leone. Vocational skills such as tailoring/ sewing and coupled with entrepreneurial management training to enable marketability and success in a challenging economy. This creates employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths and young adults - helping them to move from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency. Graduation kits help them start their own businesses.
Many school dropouts, orphans and people displaced by the civil war in Freetown do not have access to equipped facilities for training invaluable trade skills. The available facilities are often limited in capacity and have limited service offerings / vocational scope. Consequently, many youths are unable to gain the skills that will enable them to become self-sufficient. These youths are caught in a vicious cycle of powerlessness and poverty.
This project addresses the skill-deficit problem by providing vital training in marketable skills to those in need. Skills are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery, and sustainable development. These trainees learn marketable and relevant skills. This intervention is in high demand and meets the need of school dropouts and unemployed youths. When possible, trainees are provided with a toolkit to help them start their own businesses increasing their chance of financial success.
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is one of the three main priorities outlined by UNESCO and has been identified as the focus for the most important annual report on education, the Global Monitoring Report, in 2012. The project contributes to youth development by providing skills for self-reliance and entrepreneurship. This effective intervention combats poverty and increases the strength of local economies further uplifting the people of Sierra Leone.