Vocational education and training (VET) is one of the three main priorities outlined by UNESCO for the current biennium and has been identified as the focus for the most important annual report on education, the Global Monitoring Report, in 2012. This project provides vital, focused skill training to help youths and young adults become self-sufficient. This training empowers them to become gainfully employed in high-demand trades.
Many school drop outs, orphans and people displaced by the civil war in Freetown do not have access to equipped facilities for training in valuable trade skills. The available facilities are often limited in capacity and 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. Frustrated, they end up in undesirable lifestyles.
This project addresses the skill-deficit problem by providing vital training in tailoring and other related skills. Skills are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery and sustainable development. The trainees are able to learn a marketable and relevant skill. This intervention is in high demand and meets the need of school drop outs and unemployed youths. When possible, on completion of training, trainees are provided with a toolkit to help them start their own businesses.
The project contributes to youth development by providing skills for self-reliance and entrepreneurship. It creates employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths and young adults - helping them to move from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency. This effective intervention continues to provide the essential skills that school drop outs and unemployed youths need in their quest towards financial independence.