The Nawaya Network identifies talented and ambitious youth from low-income backgrounds in Lebanon and connects them with mentors, trainers, classes, funding, and internship opportunities, with the ultimate goal of finding them employment. Our program in 2016 will train over 1,000 youth in specific skills in the tech and design fields, given the high demand for such skills and low supply, particularly in the start-up ecosystem. We will continue to support talents in other areas as well.
In a stagnant economy such as Lebanon's, with youth unemployment at 35%, more needs to be done to provide opportunities for low-income youth. The poverty rate is already at 28.5%, and will only get worse given the economic and security situation. Since public schools are not able to provide proper education and training in the tech and design fields, youth are graduating without the right skills for the market.
Our enterprise aims to fill this gap, answering the needs of thousands of ambitious youth from low-income backgrounds throughout Lebanon. By training them with the right skills, and by offering them important resources such as mentoring, networking, and internship opportunities, it is more likely they will find employment opportunities. Furthermore, by providing the private sector with the right talents, we will add value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and further stimulate growth.
The project will train 1000 youth in Lebanon, allowing them to develop their skills in tech and design, and will connect them with various resources to help them find employment or to set up their own business. Enrolled youth are more likely to stay in school, pursue higher education, and refrain from drugs/crime. Generating a sector of highly qualified youth will fuel the start-up scene, where millions of dollars are being invested but where the supply of relevant skills remains low.
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TEDxBeirut 2012 Talk by Founder of Nawaya
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