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1 Preparing Youth for Life and Livelihood Basic Education and Skills Training in Haiti and Timor Leste

2 Country Overviews Haiti Population: 8,706,497 Size: 27,750 sq. km (slightly smaller than MD) GDP per capita: $1900 Youth unemployment 40% of youth in labor force Timor Leste Population: 1, 084,971 Size: 15,007 sq. km (slightly larger than CT) GDP per capita: $2000 Youth unemployment 47.4% of youth in labor force

3 What do youth need?...But, what is a job? …And, how can a job “be created”?

4 Youth Challenges Few marketable skills, minimal knowledge Weak undiversified economy = stiff competition for little gain Environment is not conducive to growth

5 EQUIP 3’s Answers Job = a way to earn a sustainable livelihood Job Creation = preparing youth to be more competitive in the existing economy creating partnerships with government, private sector and local/int’l NGOs through which low-skilled youth can gain experience and opportunity (if not a traditional job)

6 Haiti ,500 youth ages No schooling or primary school up to third grade Urban and rural 18 month program –12 months NFBE plus vocational-technical training –6 months accompaniment Youth micro-enterprise Continue formal school Continue voc-tech Paid internship or job Timor Leste youth ages Minimum 6 th grade education up to ‘some’ secondary school Rural 12 month program –6 months work prep (on and off-the-job training) –6 months accompaniment Youth/family micro- enterprise Continue formal school Continue voc-tech Paid internship or job

7 Results? Not yet in… In Haiti: the first cohorts of youth have entered the ‘accompaniment’ phase In Timor Leste: we are scheduled to start our first cohorts in July 2008


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