Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 percent of the global population. The active engagement of youths in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving a just and fair world through demonstration of God’s love.
However, most youths are facing serious challenges especially in areas of education and vocational support which are key in capacitating them with necessary skills to participate in global development.
Every youth must be well-trained, qualified and attain skills needed for their active involvement in the global development agenda.
Creating opportunities for youth to move out of poverty into decent and sustainable work will help capitalize on the demographic dividend created by the region’s youthful population.
For instance, the UN says in education, 142 million youth of upper secondary age are out of school. In employment, 71 million young people are unemployed; and millions more are in precarious or informal work. Disparities within and between countries in education and employment among youth are stark, with gender, poverty, rurality, disability, and migrant/refugee status all being major elements of disadvantage. For instance, about 156 million youth in low- and middle-income countries are working poor (ILO), while almost 30 per cent of the poorest 12- to 14-year old have never attended school.
Supporting the equipping of young people with skills, knowledge and confidence in their abilities. We work with civil society partners, including youth organisations and networks which support the cause of the youths.
Areas of Focus
• Provision of bursaries to out-of-school learners to return to school
• Provision of sexual reproductive health education and, also, supporting adolescence with sanitary health
• Building secondary schools and renovating old ones.
• Construction and supporting the construction of different vocation and community colleges.