Hi Hendrikje, this is really rich - I love that so many things are packed together in your idea: rethinking the workplace for 21st skills with a focus on life skills is very inspiring. We totally agree with your view on the 21st century skills: entrepreneurial skills, cross cultural skills and digital skills are at the core of the holistic training we provide to our trainees (who in turn train other Young people in remote communities). I am sure that your project is going to generate a lot of knowledge
Hi Chelsea, Thank you for your feedback - we are really excited by the challenge. You designed a very enriching process. As to your question: Q: What strategies would you use to reach the less educated/non-educated in rural areas who may be detached from any support? A: our high level trainees develop their community projects with vulnerable youth; when they settle in a community, they reach out to different community leaders to identify the needs of the community and who are the young at risk; we also invite them to design their income-generating projects with educational components (eg: agribusinesses would include a vocational element).
Q: Can you share a bit about your sustainability strategy? We view ourselves as an incubator for the projects of the youth who participate in our program. We ensure that the youth-led project have significant chances of outliving our intervention through the provision of business/entrepreneurship skills to our beneficiaries (who are also partners) so that they have prior knowledge of business development and management. We have also established a rigourous process for the design of their projects: they must conductlocal market/needs assessments; a key step in the process is the review of their business plans: we make sure that the green light is only for projects that are viable.