SNV, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, launched a $14.2 million project to provide out-of-school youth in Sub-Saharan Africa with vital employment skills through training in business development and financial literacy, as well as technical and life skills. The project, The Youth Learning Programme, is a collaboration dedicated to empowering young people in rural Mozambique, Rwanda, and Tanzania to engage in the economy and lead change in their communities.
The anticipated impact of the Youth Learning Programme is ambitious, with a projected 20,500 disadvantaged young people set to gain training. The project aims for at least 80% of these trainees to gain employment opportunities in the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors.
In the three countries, The MasterCard Foundation and SNV aim to improve the livelihoods of out-of-school youth by creating employment and self-employment opportunities in the high-growth sectors of agriculture and biogas. Existing demand-driven vocational skills programs across the three countries will be enhanced and improved to allow greater access to disadvantaged young people. The project will also identify training models that focus on growth sectors and blend education, skills development, entrepreneurship, employment linkages, and financial services.