JA Gabon has been given
the mandate to implement the “Focus on Youth Empowerment in Gabon” program. The
program which will run for three years, is an initiative of the Gabonese
Government, funded by the European Union and falls within the framework of
the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). It has an overall objective of
supporting young people to better integrate into the world of work. JA Gabon will
set up a network of incubators in all nine
regions of the country to support the running of the program.
The partnership underlines the growing relationship between Gabon and
the European Union, and their objective to make young people the engine of
growth for the country. The two partnership objectives are to help
vulnerable young people obtain decent jobs and to bridge the gaps between
training and youth employment.
Prime Minister of Gabon, Mr. Julien Nkoghe Bekale, at the signing ceremony for
the partnership, said, “In this
project, the aim is to train young people aged 16 to 35, and to link JA Gabon with
a large number of partners including universities, technical institutions, vocational
training centers, public administrations and economic operators.”
The program will target
17,000 young people who are out of school, in university or looking for work
across the country. JA Gabon, through the incubators situated in technical high
schools, vocational training centers and universities, will run the JA Career Success® and JA Company Program® for the
beneficiaries. They will be trained in professional trades, financial
education, employability and entrepreneurship.