JA Gabon Wins EDF Grant to Empower Gabonese Youth

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.

The 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.

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