The Salesians are considered the largest provider of vocational and technical training in the world
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionsthe American development branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating World Youth Skills Day, celebrated annually on July 15 since 2014. The United Nations has designated this day as a way raise awareness of the importance of technical and vocational education and training, as well as the development of other skills relevant to local and global economies.
The theme for this year’s Global Youth Skills Day is “Transforming Youth Skills for the Future”. UNESCO’s International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training noted: “The growing youth population, rising unemployment in many countries, changes in the labor market and in our economy due to developments technologies are just some of the reasons why we need to provide future generations with the entrepreneurial skills and mindset they need to face a changing world.
The Salesians are considered the largest provider of professional and technical training in the world. They offer over 1,000 vocational, technical, vocational and agricultural schools around the world. This training provides young people with the practical skills needed to prepare for employment and helps them lead productive lives while becoming active adults in their communities. These programs go beyond education. They also help young people make connections within industries and prepare them for the process of finding, finding and keeping a job.
“We know that access to education lays the foundation for a brighter future for all young people and that the work must continue even as we face a global health crisis,” said Fr Gus Baek, Director of Salesian Missions. “In many countries around the world where poverty is high and where access to education is not universal, it is crucial that Salesian missionaries continue to provide technical and vocational training to as many young people as possible. to ensure that they have access to stable long-term employment.”
To mark World Youth Skills Day 2022, the Salesian Mission is proud to highlight technical and vocational programs that provide life-changing education and skills training for poor and at-risk youth.
The Don Bosco Vocational Center, located in Mimboman, Cameroon, organized an open day to highlight not only the diversity and quality of its training, but also the skills acquired by students and apprentices. Students taking classes were able to showcase all they learned in 13 disciplines, including carpentry, computing, tailoring and metalworking. The open day also allowed students to sell products and establish partnerships with other institutions.
The school provides education to vulnerable young people in the Mimboman district of Yaoundé. A three-story building includes 12 classrooms, laboratories and offices. A newer school building added in 2021 allows more students to attend and provides space for additional educational programs, including a bachelor’s level course.
Last year, the school was able to buy 55 new computers, which allowed more students to enroll in the computer class. “It is the first time that our students have learned computer science using a computer,” said Father Sabé José Maria, bursar at the college, at the time. “Our students have been studying computer science throughout the year without using a desktop computer or similar device. Now we are excited that they can do it, and the students are very excited about it. »
Don Bosco Ngangi, located in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo,* works to transform the lives of young people who are at high risk of being victims of community violence. In addition to the life skills and the technical and professional training that young people receive, Don Bosco Ngangi also provides an appropriate environment to form good Christians and honest and upright citizens.
Since August 2021, 74 young ex-combatants and girls and women collateral victims of community violence have been trained to become plumbers, masons, hairdressers and beauticians. The aim is to reduce violence in the community and give young men a chance to have a prosperous future through legitimate means so that they do not join armed groups to earn a living. Girls and women have a second chance to live after being victims of violence. At the end of the three months of training, these students will be citizens turned towards reconciliation, peace and development.
Salesian missionaries provided training to help refugees acquire the skills needed for employment or self-employment in Egypt through Project Sunrise for urban refugees and vulnerable hosts in Cairo. The project is possible thanks to funding from the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) of the US State Department through a Salesian center for technical and vocational training in Cairo.
The project was first funded by Salesian Missions in 2014. To date, the project has improved the livelihoods and quality of life of over 3,000 Sub-Saharan African, Yemeni and Syrian refugees and Vulnerable Egyptians.
Project Sunrise is popular among refugees with over 2,000 applicants trying out for the limited number of intern openings. Of the more than 700 who have been accepted and completed the basic assessments, more than 500 have received technical and vocational training. This led to the successful completion of 426 graduates from September 2020 to September 2021. In addition, 65 interns received start-up grant and one-on-one mentoring, and 16 microentrepreneurs and alumni received small business development grants.
In addition to financial support, the project also rented tables in three local bazaars so that microentrepreneurs could market their products and services. These bazaars were particularly useful for women microentrepreneurs who could display their sewing and handicraft products or offer hairdressing or henna services. Fifteen beneficiaries participated across the three bazaars. Additionally, the marketplaces allowed recipients to distribute their business cards for networking and potential sales from future customers.
Salesian missionaries have launched new short-term formation courses for young men and women in Haiti who want to find a job in the construction industry to help rebuild collapsed homes after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,000 people and left thousands injured and homeless on August 14, 2021.
After the earthquake, thousands of people were left homeless and lived in camps. Private organizations, religious congregations and volunteers provided humanitarian aid to the victims in the absence of state support.
Agents from the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities have identified houses to be demolished. Those that could be repaired were given a yellow mark and those that were undamaged according to the inspectors were marked green. The Armed Forces of Haiti and agents from the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications demolished several buildings in the south, including schools, churches and private homes. Reconstruction efforts were slow and little was rebuilt.
CAMEROON: Vocational training students highlight their skills/ANS photo (authorizations for use and guidelines must be requested from ANS)
DR CONGO: Young ex-combatants receive vocational training/ANS Photo (permissions for use and guidelines must be requested from ANS)
EGYPT: 426 refugees complete technical training for stable employment under a Salesian Missions project in Cairo/Photo courtesy of Salesian Missions (contact for usage permissions)
HAITI: Young people train to rebuild homes after earthquake/Photo courtesy of Salesian Missionaries Emergency Coordinator
*All goods, services or funds provided by Salesian missions to programs located in this country have been administered in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, including sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of Treasury .