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Integral vocational training at self-sustainable training centres for (self-)employment of disadvantaged youths

The YA programme is made up of TVET, entrepreneurship training and micro financing, Life Skills and sport and art promotion.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Young Africa (est. 1998) is a confederation of independently registered NGO's which have trained 34,500 youths in skills for employment and entrepreneurship at their TVET centres in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. Over 80% of graduates are economically active. Two elements make the YA model of TVET unique: I. the integral education of combining TVET with entrepreneurship training and life skills education and II. the franchise method of delivering TVET at training centres in partnership with local entrepreneurs, which facilitates financial sustainability of the centres. The YA model is recognised by UNESCO-UNEVOC as one of the Worlds most promising practices in TVET.
Young Africa builds model skills training centres that bring together local entrepreneurs, students and a community in one place to offer integral skills training in industrial, agricultural and commercial trades plus a range of services to the local community. Each centre has workshops, classrooms, hostels, playgrounds, a community hall, and resource facilities – e.g internet and library.
Main activities - at these centres;
▪ Young people [aged 15-25 years] receive on-the-job skills in 70% practical lessons for a period ranging from 6-12 months which is combined with life skills education and entrepreneurship training. The scope of trades offered to students at each centre is linked to local market demand and a curriculum is adjusted accordingly.
▪ After training students are settled into the job market or assisted with a loan to start a small business.
▪ The 70% practical training is given by local entrepreneurs who run their businesses at the centre itself under a franchise arrangement with Young Africa.
▪ Besides, the YA centres offer other youth development programs: such as academic coaching, vocational teachers training, arts, sports, hostel facilities, counselling and festivals.

We want to expand our training locations in Botswana (2016) and Zambia (2017).

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Young Africa is convinced that young people naturally embrace change and development, have a longing to belong to a force or cause, have a deep need for information and knowledge, look for happiness and fulfilment. This is why we believe that harnessing the abundant energy and playfulness of youth, to be constructive, is the most sensible investment for a better world. Invest in youth and they become Ambassadors for Change in their society.

All of Young Africa’s programmes are targeted at underprivileged young people, with special care for the young women among them, aged between 15 to 25 years. In particular, Young Africa targets young people who:
- Are academically not qualified to attend a formal technical training programme
- Are financially unable to pay for tertiary education
- Would be unable to attend training, unless they also have a place to stay while in training (orphans, street children, youths from far)
- Show passion and drive to make their enterprise financi

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Our approach has two advantages:
1. Financial self-sustainability: the collaboration with local entrepreneurs ensures a solution to problems where traditional vocational training providers face: expensive, inefficient and a lack of connection to the local labour market. Young Africa, together with (international) donors, invest in the land, buildings and the furniture for workshops and classrooms. Then, YA rents these workshops to local entrepreneurs. They educate our students, while running their businesses on site and act as role models for our students. A part of their income, is paid as rent to the training locations. With the income of these rents, the costs for daily management and the programs are covered.
2. Organisational self-sustainability: We set up an NGO in every country we work in, with a local board which is the owner of the training location(s). We build the capacity of the local team to which the management is handed over after initial investment.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.
  • Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Young Africa makes youths Ambassadors for Change in their own society.
http://www.youngafrica.org

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Young Africa is convinced that young people naturally embrace change and development, have a longing to belong to a force or cause, have a deep need for information and knowledge, look for happiness and fulfilment. This is why we believe that harnessing the abundant energy and playfulness of youth, to be constructive, is the most sensible investment for a better world. Invest in youth and they become Ambassadors for Change in their society.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Young people make up the biggest part of the African population, halve of the billion Africans are below 25 years. Youth unemployment is incredibly high. There is a lack of jobs, (vocational) training and skills for entrepreneurship. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a staggering 70% of working African youth lived in moderate or extreme poverty (the working poor). They earned less than $3.10 per day. The problems of the working poor are enlarged through the trend that more and more family members are dependent on these working poor, who have to share their 3 dollars with others. An educated workforce is crucial for the economic development and stability of a country. There is a shortage in vocational training, and those which are offered are often too expensive, inefficient and do not connect with the (local) labour market. Soft skills (personal, emotional, social and intellectual skills), for building self-awareness, are evenly important.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Young Africa works together with numerous partners on international and local level. Partners who invest in setting up new training departments, supporting the programmes we run and/or who invest in setting up new YA branches in other countries. With other we work to offer better services to the youths, for example, expert organisations in HIV/aids providing information and testing visitors of our annual Sport and Arts Festivals.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Youth unemployment is sky-high in Southern Africa as is percentage of youths as part of the whole population. The African continent has the youngest population in the world. You can view this as a ticking time-bomb. Do nothing and the problems of youth unemployment will skyrocket. We choose to see it as a chance. Their transformative energy will be unstopable if they are enabled to transform their energy and positively contribute to their own society.

Geographic Focus

Southern Africa.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

To expand our training locations in Gaborone, Botswana, and Lusaka, Zambia, we need 36 months.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Team

@Gonneke, This is good job, you wrote that ''We want to expand our training locations in Botswana (2016) and Zambia (2017)". Are you working back or what?

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Team

Dear Adisa,

We have started training on a small scale in Botswana and Zambia, but both training locations need to expand their # of training departments. Then they are able to train more young people and more training departments (on average 15) contributes to financial self-sustainability of the centre (through franchise business model).

Photo of Adisa Adeniyi
Team

@Gonneke, confirm if those dates are correct.

Photo of Adisa Adeniyi
Team

@Gonneke, confirm if those dates are correct.