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.
Florence Nyaeigo looks younger than her 28 years. She is from South-Sudan and has lived in refugee camp in northern Uganda for a year now. We met her in her little shop she has established on the "main street" of the Morobo refugee camp. This is a large camp with over 200,000 South-Sudanese refugees.