Workshop on Youth Employment Schemes in African Countries

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UIL was invited to present its programme on literacy and life skills education for vulnerable youth at the “2012 Regional Workshop on Enhancing Delivery Capacities of Youth Employment Schemes in African countries”. Following the call of the Belém Framework for Action to address the learning needs of youth and adults in a holistic and comprehensive system of lifelong learning, UIL launched a research and policy dialogue process aimed at enhancing the capacities of UNESCO Members States to reduce barriers to basic education for young people.

The African Development Institute, member of the African Development Bank Group, convened the five-day workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, to share experiences in the field of youth employment in Africa.  It brought together about 40 participants from various African countries, such as Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania and in addition representatives from the Youth Employment Network (YEN), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

From 15 to 19 October 2012, programmes and projects from the private sector, government institutions, civil society organisations and international agencies were presented, resulting in fruitful discussions and possible ways for cooperation. All initiatives presented were aimed at improving youth employment in general, but they tackled the issue from different perspectives and within a variety of contexts. Ms Anna Bernhardt from UIL emphasized the need to address the learning needs of youth and adults in a holistic and comprehensive system of lifelong learning. Through an interactive group work session participants were introduced to the concepts of literacy as a continuum, life skills and lifelong learning. The outcome of the workshop is a a publication that elaborates the main issues involved in the planning and implementation of youth employment initiatives in African countries. UIL produced a paper as input to the publication which suggests possible ways to address the needs of vulnerable youth.

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