Full Name: Pathways to self-reliance for refugees and host community members in Refugee Settlements in Zambia: Vocational Training
Duration: March 2020 – December 2020
Zambia hosts 86,634 refugees and other Persons of Concern from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia at the end of November 2019. Population of refugees and their Zambian host communities in Meheba, Mayukwayukwa and Mantapala suffer high unemployment and struggle to be self-reliant. Youth make up almost two thirds of the country’s working-age population and 33% (ages 17-35)2 of all refugees residing in Zambia. Youth refugees and their Zambian host community population in Mayukwayukwa, Meheba and Mantapala settlements suffer high unemployment. Those that are unable to continue in formal education or are not interested in agriculture-based livelihoods, combined with lack of appropriate skills (such as carpentry, tailoring, food production, metal fabrication, brick laying, etc.), entrepreneurial know-how and access to start-up capital, have limited means of diversifying and enhancing their livelihoods despite their interest in (self)employment. Youth cannot afford education at vocational training institutions where they have to pay substantially high school fees and costs related to boarding. Despite vocational career path being incorporated into the curriculum throughout the primary and secondary schools countrywide, no primary or secondary school in any of the refugee settlements have any vocational training facilities.
Implementation and Results:
Proposed interventions target refugee and host community in-school and out-of-school children, adolescents and youth in Mantapala, Meheba and Mayukwayukwa refugee settlements.
- 75 youths complete Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Sponsorship Program (VETSP)
- 1 vocational training workshop constructed and equipped at Primary School in Mantapala Refugee Settlement
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