Annicette Kessely wrote -
VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR YOUTH IN SOUTH AFRICA
BENEFITING: UBUNTU EDUCATION FUND
$20,000 will impact 20 out-of-school youth between the age of 18-25 years in Ubuntu Pathways Programs in Port's Elizabeth, South Africa.
Although the youth (15–24 year-olds) make up 40% of Africa’s total population, they account for 60% of the unemployed (African Development Bank/OECD, 2010). According to Garcia, M and Fares, of the World Bank, youth unemployment in Africa has become a major development issue. An estimated 95 million young men and women in sub-Saharan Africa, out of a total youth population of about 200 million, are illiterate and are either unemployed or engaged in precarious jobs as street vendors and poorly-paid workers in irregular and seasonal employment (Garcia and Fares, 2008). The large number of young people who are not in education, employment or training is not only an indication of the efficiency of national education and training systems but also a national security concern. Vocational training is seen as a means to help bring young people back when the basic education system has failed, a basic knowledge young people will need, to help prepare them for the immediate needs of the labor market to improve skills related to specific technologies and to develop them further in the work place.
Ubuntu Pathways (UP) helps out-of-school youth enrolled in Ubuntu Pathways access employment opportunities that lead to financial stability. Ubuntu Pathways (UP) uses a six-week job-readiness training program, prepares out-of-school youth for employment. The youth from the program received career guidance, vocational training, workplace behavior courses, computer literacy classes, and a host of additional interventions that prepared them for employment. Upon graduation from the program, Ubuntu Education Fund provides job placement and assistance accessing specialized training programs.
After his father’s passing, Monwabisi became head of his household at just 21 years old. Looking for opportunities, he followed a friend’s recommendation to apply for Ubuntu Pathways as part of our recently established baristas training program. At the Ubuntu Centre’s cafe, Monwabisi spent eight weeks learning important job skills and espresso techniques, impressing his peers and teachers, and excelling in his training. His experiences lead him to an internship at Ciro Coffee Academy where he has since passed competency tests with a near perfect score. Next year, he will compete for the title of South Africa’s best barista.