“Youth” is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as members of a community. Therefore, ‘youth’ is often indicated as a person between the age where they may leave compulsory education, and the age at which they find their first employment. This latter age limit has been increasing, as higher levels of unemployment and the cost of setting up an independent household puts many young people into a prolonged period of dependency.
AflaYouth caters to this group of young people and will be useful for partners implementing the programme outside formal school systems, except in the cases of technical and vocational training, although it can be adapted for secondary and tertiary education students as well.
The AflaYouth curriculum aims to improve income-generation abilities for vulnerable young women and men (aged 16-24+) across geographies. It’s a programme model for Social and Financial Skills (SFS), Employability and Entrepreneurship skills, suited to easily be adaptable in all contexts. It enables young people to gain access to training, support, mentoring and on- and offline learning during their transitions into the formal labour market or entrepreneurship.
In collaboration with our partners in all regions, we are adopting an innovative approach, to inspire, inform, engage, coach and assist participants to start a private enterprise or achieve gainful employment. Participants seeking employment over becoming an entrepreneur will gain critical skills, preparing them through coaching to find a decent job.
The diagram below displays the three books included in the curriculum: