DAPP Malawi at the 2019 European Development Days (EDD) Conference
It is believed that globally, 71 million young people are unemployed. This figure does not include young women or those with disabilities. Young people make up 35% of the population across Sub Saharan Africa and approximately 45% live in rural areas according to World Bank projections. It is clear that Rural youth need affordable opportunities to further their studies, however they often lack access to quality and relevant opportunities for skills training. It is with this idea in mind, that the 2019 Annual European Development Days (EDD) conference this year focused on young people under this year’s theme ‘Addressing Inequalities: Building a World Which Leaves No One Behind’
Slated from the 18th – 19th June in Brussels, Belgium, DAPP Malawi participated through the sharing of knowledge and experience by discussing the need for the expansion of Technical Vocational Entrepreneurship Training (TVET) system in order to develop young people’s skills. Presentations and deliberations were also part of the program which helped to shed light on the importance of facilitating effective economic inclusion and equipping young people for decent work opportunities.
DAPP Malawi, which is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and a member of Humana People to People Federation on the 19th of June participated in a Lab debate titled “Young People Can”, where DAPP Malawi head of programs Mr Moses Chibwana presented on the importance of flexible skills training for vulnerable young people saying “DAPP Malawi offers flexible Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) options for young people without access to formal systems through satellite and mobile training”