On July 15th, Amara Hub joined the world to celebrate World Skills Day with a reflection of how rising youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing societies and vulnerable communities around us in today’s increasingly digital world.
Across the world, one in every five young people are categorised as “Not in Employment, Education or Training”. Further more, three quarters of persons in this categorisation are women, and almost two out of five young workers in emerging and developing economies live on less than US$3.10 a day. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, with more than 1 in 6 young people are out of work. These numbers should sound the alarm for everyone and World Skills Day should be an opportunity for young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, and public and private sector stakeholders to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.
At Amara Hub, we are channeling our experience to empower young people and smoothen their transition to adulthood, with the specific objective of increasing the number of youth engaged in entrepreneurship, decent employment, school, or further education and training. We fully recognise that improved basic education and training systems & core work skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and digital skills, are important to enable youth to enter the labour market in Africa. Despite COVID-19 related challenges, Amara Hub extended remote learning opportunities in employability skills, graphic design, web development and digital marketing to refugees in BidiBidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda with the support of our partner Facebook.
This program was not spared by the “new normal” either, and as a means of quickly adapting to the the remote learning process, we provided device and data bundle support, availed an offline learning resource package, set up a virtual peer-to-peer exchange using WhatApp and Facebook groups, and even enlisted the local Developer Circles Community to provide 1:1 mentorship. We firmly believe that through empowering these young refugees with essential developer skills and ensuring their access to meaningful connectivity, they will have a fundamental stepping stone towards their path to recovery.
Our focus in the Refugee Developer Program is to empower young refugees through ICT skills development and training while giving them a taste of what awaits them in the big world through industry exposure. “I feel that this has been a big opportunity that will prepare me for a better future using these new skills I have got” says one of the learners, Nyawal Chan.
The COVID19 pandemic will have a long-lasting social, cultural, economic, political, and multidimensional impact on societies, including young people missing critical learning, skills, training, and work opportunities. Amara Hub is confident this program will be positive contributor in promoting job creation and will have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access for refugee communities.