The Bethleem Foundation in Cameroon wants to increase the capacity of its training centre from 50 to 150 students per year and thereby providing the ”most at risk youth” training so they have a better chance on the labour market and less chance to end up in a criminal circuit or in terrorist organisations.
An amount of € 4.000 was required to purchase the necessary tools and training materials.
Project has successfully been executed
Amount collected: € 4.000,-
Sponsors: KWA bedrijfsadviseurs
Young people in rural areas have limited access to vocational training centres that are all concentrated in cities. Most young people survive this uncertain future with small informal trade; some become involved in criminal activities and, worse, some join terrorist groups such as Boko Haram.
The importance of the project
The apprenticeship system allows these “most at risk youth” at the end of the training to find work on the labour market either being employed or self-employed. Since the centre was established, there has been on average 50 young people per year training for the different professions. However, the demand for training is many times larger.
The students who follow here a vocational training are young people from the most northern and poorest part of Cameroon, and among them many orphans, half-orphans, street children and handicapped children.
The implementing organisation
Bethleem Foundation has classrooms, dormitories for boys and girls, and large workshops for woodworking and metalworking.
The envisaged project results
The organization sets itself as ultimate goal:
• The centre has sufficient qualitative and quantitative training resources;
• The centre is capable of teaching young people qualifying professional skills that the local market requires, and the centre can offer this training to a larger group of young people;
• The centre is able to create various objects and items and thereby generate additional income;
• The unemployment rate among young people is decreasing, the crime rate is lower and the alliance with terrorist groups is reduced; and
• The centre is more and more recognized and known throughout the region
The chance of sustainability
The intended practice-oriented training courses must make it possible for students to make assignments, delivering products that can be sold, and generate the necessary income for the centre enabling it to fund the course material themselves.
Progress of the project
At the beginning of 2020, CFAAM purchased the necessary training material for the various courses. In January, 128 students enthusiastically started their training and then had to temporarily interrupt the training three months later (April 2020) due to the covid-19 pandemic. Practical lessons were somewhat resumed in June 2020 (for second-year students) and the training is expected to resume completely in October 2020.
The required funds
KWA Bedrijfsadviseurs made € 4,000 available for additional tools and training material allowing larger group (150) of trainees to follow vocational training. From the first instalment, CFAAM purchased training material for six months for the various courses. In January 2020, 128 students enthusiastically started their training, which subsequently were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic until October 2020.
The second instalment was therefore released one year later for the training material in 2021.
With the support of the European Union, extra classrooms, workshops and dormitories have been renovated and with the donation of KWA Bedrijfsadviseurs (€ 4,000) extra tools and training materials have been purchased. CFAAM has thereby been able to expand the capacity of their craft school from 50 to 150 students per year. The school has also succeeded in generating every quarter sufficient income for the running costs of the school and thus be financially independent within a year.
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