The number of young people in East Africa who have missed the opportunity of primary and secondary school is at 18 million.
Many of such live without having acquired relevant skills such as literacy and numeracy, communication and critical thinking needed for the workplace.
SFEA Community Based Vocational Skills Program is anchored on a mentorship model where young people are not only mentored in technical skills but also business, customer relations, and problem solving skills as they undergo vocational skills training by one of the senior locals in different trades in their communities.
Learners are attached to competent local artisans and are equipped with occupational skills in areas like carpentry, metal fabrication and welding, bricklaying and concrete practice, tailoring, catering, bakery, hairdressing, motor vehicle mechanics, soap making, knitting and weaving as well as agro based value addition skills. The aim is to rebate the high unemployment rate among youth in rural hard to reach areas of East Africa.
I attended O-level education but dropped out of school before completion due to school fees challenges. During my time out of school, my family’s livelihood was not good. I went to offer labour in people’s gardens to get money but the opportunity was too limited.