Voc. Training & Workforce Dev.

Nov 13, 2020
USAID SCORE supports persons with disabilities start livelihoods By Kathya de Silva Senarath Thirty-three-year-old Isuru Piyumal, from the rural village of Nugeyaya in Sri Lanka’s most marginalized Moneragala district, had been a dependent all his life. His parents realized when he was just three months old that he had an intellectual disability, and they did everything in their power to make him better. But when his seizures didn’t stop, it became too dangerous for him to continue school. He stopped at age 12 and upon the doctor’s instructions, he was allowed to do what he liked at his father’s chena cultivation where he engaged in watering and weeding. He also showed particular excellence in athletics and won medals at games, which his parents encouraged.  However, Piyumal nor his... Read more
Sep 28, 2020
Youth empowering persons with disabilities to engage them in their communities Sarah Abusall, 20, resides with her family in Al-Qasabeh in Jerash governorate north of the capital. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Al Albayt University in Mafraq. Her father is a person with a disability, and her sister, who is only three years old, suffers from brain paralysis. Though this situation has been very challenging for Sarah and her family alike, it never brought her down, she says: “My father’s case motivated me to work hard to include persons with disabilities in the community, as he never allowed his disability to be an obstacle to our life or his work. Every day, seeing my father proves to me that if a person has will, they can do anything they want... Read more
Jul 21, 2020
Unemployment among youth in Ghana continues to increase despite more than two decades of strong economic growth trends and a substantial expansion in education and overall human resource development. The World Bank estimates that of the total number of people who are unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years. The most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) reports that three of every ten youth in Accra and 23% of youth in other urban areas in Ghana are unemployed. Studies have shown that the labor-intensive construction sector offers great potential to address this challenge. While the industry’s growth has been slowed by macroeconomic constraints, it remains an important source... Read more
Jul 07, 2020
Youth unemployment and joblessness together constitute a major socio-economic and political problem in Ghana. The Ghana Statistical Service 2015 report noted that 13.4 percent of youth are unemployed, while the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6 reported that approximately 30 percent of youth in Accra and 24 percent of youth in other urban areas are unemployed. Though estimates vary, unemployment is a challenge among all age groups and its impact is particularly severe among young people. To address the challenge of youth unemployment, the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) was a five-year project implemented from 2015 to 2020 to create... Read more
Jun 10, 2020
Green Buildings to Protect the Environment Shahed Al-Khateeb, 24 and originally from Jordan, has always been passionate about the environment and finding sustainable architectural solutions to protect it. After graduating from high school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where her family resided, she applied for the Faculty of Architecture at Al Zaytoonah University in Jordan since this specialization in Saudi Arabia was limited to Saudi nationals only. But when her father refused to let her study abroad alone, she enrolled in a university in Saudi Arabia and majored in Information Technology. Shahed’s desire to study architecture remained, and after a year and a half of continuous efforts to persuade her father, she was finally able to convince him to travel back to Jordan and study the major of... Read more
Jun 08, 2020
Disadvantaged, urban youth face a range of challenges in accessing financial services: long distances to reach financial service providers financial products that are inappropriate for seasonal or intermittent work, minimum age requirements to open a bank account or obtain credit, and limited experience with financial services. In addition, financial institutions have traditionally been reluctant to serve young people because they are considered unbankable (unable to save, a high credit risk due to their engagement in less-profitable enterprises, and lacking business experience and conventional collateral). Recognizing these challenges, the Mastercard Foundation-funded Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project commissioned a market assessment... Read more
May 06, 2020
Participating in online interactive sessions builds a momentum for youth of young ages Located in the Northwestern side of Jordan, Belila is a small village in the governorate of Jerash 55 km away on the north of the Capital. With a population of 8.000 inhabitants, most of the available occupations in Belila fall into the governmental and agricultural sectors. It was two years ago, when USAID YouthPower entered Jerash, and conducted its youth outreach activities in BelilaComprehensive School for Females, that is how our friend Isra’a first heard about the Activity. Aspiring to sharpen her interpersonal skills and become a catalyst of change, she enrolled in the various activities of USAID YouthPower, and that was when her journey began. Isra’a Al Maqableh is 19 years old... Read more
May 06, 2020
Empowering youth with professional skills necessary to secure jobs The spread of fraud and cyber-crimes in Jordan is on the rise. In 2019, the Cyber Crimes Unit recorded over than 6,000 complaints within the country’s Criminal Investigation Department. Poorer regions in Jordan suffer higher instances of cyber-crimes and fraud due to lack of knowledge on the subject. For example, in the community of Bader, located to the east of Amman, the unemployment rate is 24%. People there often fall victim to false job vacancy advertisements posted online. The fraudsters take advantage of how desperate are youth and people to get a job, the fraud schemes include tricking them into providing personal information by announcing false employment claims.  “My first thought after I fell... Read more
Jan 26, 2020
In Ghana, the construction industry is booming, growing at an average eight percent per annum due to a growing economy, infrastructural development, rapid urbanization and a rising middle class. The growth of the sector has resulted in an unmet demand for skilled labor. While youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years make up 42 percent of the country’s population, the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 3 reports that they face high unemployment rates of approximately 23 percent in Accra and 16 percent in other urban areas. The construction sector not only offers significant potential for creating economic opportunities for youth but it also provides more training opportunities than any... Read more
Jan 26, 2020
Ghana’s booming construction sector has been a key driver of the country’s impressive economic growth rate over the past decades, and is a major employer given its labor-intensive nature. While the sector’s growth is a source of new jobs, it faces a significant skills gap with the shortfall of artisans estimated to be in the tens or even hundreds of thousands. The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE, Twi for “progress”) activity was designed to assist disadvantaged young people to capitalize on this need by offering training in the technical, soft and entrepreneurship skills that lead to employment in construction.   While the sector offers... Read more
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