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Skills and opportunities

Your generous support for our Education project is opening doors for young people in some of the poorest places on earth, giving them the chance to realize their potential through learning – a basic human right that belongs to everyone.

With your help, life-changing programs are reaching more than 170,000 students in five countries in Africa. Your sponsorship has helped provide:

  • Training for more than 2,400 teachers and principals to improve the quality of instruction
  • Construction/rehabilitation of 56 schools and training centres, along with more than 35 kitchens, 34 latrines and 26 water points to ensure that students have a healthy environment in which to learn
  • Support for more than 90 Parent-Teacher Associations and School Management Committees
  • Nearly 500 student internship positions and training programs
  • More than 950 new microfinance groups for youth.
Meeting the skills gap challenge

In Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 56 million young people have not completed primary school, there’s an urgent need to invest in alternative pathways for youth to find employment.

In addition to supporting formal education in the classroom, Plan is paying special attention to vocational, entrepreneurial and life-skills training to assist young people in getting the tools they need to become self-sufficient adults who can contribute to their communities and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

Opportunity in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, with your support, we have recently helped communities construct and equip 14 alternative Education Centres for youth. These new centres are now offering vocational programs in a range of trades, with two of the centres offering agricultural and livestock training as well. They also offer basic life skills training on critically important issues, such as sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, gender equality, and violence prevention.

In addition to assisting with the development of the courses and construction of the facilities, we’ve also invested in:

  • Workshop equipment for all seven trades being taught: two-wheeled mechanics, metalwork, woodworking, masonry, plumbing, dressmaking and hairstyling
  • Solar equipment for three of the centres and a generator for another, with a plan under way to bring electricity to the remaining centres in the coming months
  • Gender-separate latrines with disability access at each of the schools to ensure that all students have access to safe, dignified conditions and proper hygiene
  • School kitchens established in all 14 of the centres to provide students with nutritious meals so they can concentrate on their studies
  • A joint partnership with the private sector for more than 90 student internships.

Thanks to you and your support, these centres are providing new hope and opportunity to young people and their communities.

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