04.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Two new videos showcase examples of youth training that works

Finding solutions that work to curb unemployment among youth in Africa ©UNESCO/By Reg

Finding work for African youth is a continuous struggle, not only for the young people but also for governments. In recent years, the alarming growth of unemployment and underemployment of youth, the development of the informal economy and the low level of productivity constitute a major concern of all African countries.

What are the concrete initiatives that can be taken to give youth a better chance to find decent work.

“Countries often have strategies and policies on the importance of technical and vocational education and training for young people, but what is missing are concrete examples of solutions that work,” says Hervé Huot-Marchand of UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar.

“We need to share good practices of what works and stimulate the use of these solutions,” he adds.

This is the reason for a new series of videos that showcase such good practices. The first two videos in the series have just been released:

  • The Songhai Centre in Benin is a sustainable micro-enterprise that trains young Africans. It is considered a best practice model for rural development, sustainable development, employment and training for young people, and the self-financing of business creation. (currently in French only)
  • The recognition of skills acquired in informal training in Senegal is an initiative that cater for the numerous young people who are being trained in the informal sector, such as car mechanics, tailors etc. The aim of the initiative is to put in place structures that allow for this training to be recognized at the same level as formal training. (currently in French only)

“The hope is that these videos will inspire other countries,” says Huot-Marchand.

The videos will be presented this week during a regional meeting on youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa, organized by UNDP in Dakar, Senegal from 3-4 June 2013. UNESCO in collaboration with other agencies within the United Nations Inter Agency Task Team (IATT ) will participate in this meeting.

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