UNDP to support youth-focused vocational skills training

UNDP in partnership with the Center Songhai Liberia (CSL) based in Bensonville, Montserrado County, is expected to shortly launch a 4-month Youth-Focused vocational skills training.

The training will provide a range of skills covering such areas as general agriculture, pastry, catering services, gari and soap-making, repair works (electronics), value chain, entrepreneurship development skills and first aid. A UNDP release said, it will include principles of social cohesion, empowerment and gender equality, thus integrating normative messages about what it means to be a good citizen and about how they may become self-reliant and self-respecting citizens.

Around 200 young people will benefit from this training and trainee recruitment is currently under way. UNDP is investing some US$300,000 on this program.

UNDP worked with thousands of young people as volunteer Active Case Finders, community mobilizers, contact tracers and psycho-social officers during the peak of the Ebola crisis. These youth have played critical roles in the fight against the EVD, but now found themselves idle, without an income, as Ebola has been eradicated.

As an integral part of UNDP’s recovery strategy, the UN Agency, through the vocational training partnership, wants to capitalize on the energy created by providing the opportunity for some of those young people interested in further acquiring productive skills, including life-skills that might place them in a better footing to secure sustainable livelihoods, employment and empowerment.

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