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The BBC Arabic show "Noktat Hiwar" highlighted the issue of youth unemployment in the Arab Region in its October 3 episode.

Check out the Arabic video in which BBC asks the opinions of Arab youth and entrepreneurs on ways to reduce unemployment and promote entrepreneurship in the region:
Your comments are welcome!
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Here is the updated, newly formatted, KAB Brochure from November 2011. Enjoy!
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The expansion of KAB in schools and intermediate institutes during FY09/10 & 10/11was successfully completed and has equipped 16-19 year olds with entrepreneurship skills. This was achieved through: the monitoring of the programme implementation in selected schools; following up with Ministry coordinators; regular visits to the educational institutions and the provision of support to teachers. The programme successfully achieved the last expansion phase to cover 14 governorates all over Syria. 100% of schools and institutes have been covered in: Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Lattakia and Deir El Zour, while the remaining 9 governorates started to implement the programme in some schools and institutes. KAB is now being implemented at the university level in various faculties of 5 universities.

 

Province

Faculties

Damascus

Agriculture, Civil engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Science, Tourism, Architectonic and faculty of art.

Homs

6 Engineering Faculties, Education, Dentistry, and Economics faculties

Aleppo

Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economy and Pharmacy

Lattakia

Architectonic & Civil

Deir El Zour

Agriculture, Education and Economics soon

In order to successfully complete the expansion phase the following was achieved:

2009-2010:

13 ToTs were conducted for the Ministry of Education to train 374 teachers

3 ToTs were conducted for the Ministry of Higher Education to train 75 teachers

2010-2011:

6 ToTs were conducted for the Ministry of Education to train 185 teachers

3 ToTs were conducted for the Ministry of Higher Education to train 69 teachers

Achievements:

The programme is being implemented all over Syria and is ready to be handed over to the Ministry of Education. This objective was achieved based on the good preparation of the pilot phase and the expansion phase during 4 years. The good relationship with the ministry and its engagement in all programme issues from the onset was essential.

Expansion to Universities:

Due to the success of the programme in the last semester, the Ministry of Higher Education and SHABAB have expressed their willingness to expand the programme to cover all faculties across Syria. SHABAB is currently training the teachers who will be delivering KAB in universities, evaluating the implementation and conducting regular monitoring visits. The same KAB package is being used but university lecturers and professors are given the freedom to modify the package and integrate new information.

Lessons learned:

  • Engaging the Ministry throughout the project life builds a sense of ownership.
  • Maintaining a good relationship with stakeholders.
  • In order to maintain the quality of the programme, incentives should be given to the teachers.
  • Nominations of KAB teachers should be based on specific criteria set to ensure quality in delivery.
  • Ensuring the availability of training facilities that suit the interactive teaching methods of the programme.
  • Ensuring the availability of visual aids and stationary.
  • Number of students in each training hall should not exceed 25-30
  • Strict procedures should be taken to monitor the students' attendance in institutes and industrial schools (close collaboration with schools’ management).
  • With respect to universities, a fixed timetable for the KAB course should be set before the beginning of the academic year. Students can arrange their time according to this schedule.

Outlook:

SHABAB will continue the nationalization process of the KAB programme by building the capacity of the KAB Unit at the Ministry of Education.

SHABAB will also continue the implementation of the programme with the Ministry of Higher Education and will be responsible for the quality of implementation.

Below are 3 tables illustrating the number of KAB beneficiaries and institutions that implemented the KAB Programme from 2006 to date and the number of TOTs conducted.

Number of Beneficiaries from 06/07-till Present

Total

Year

Damascus

Aleppo

Homs

Lattakia

Deir al-Zour

Other provinces

2006/2007

107

18

37

23

0

250

435

2007/2008

1680

1420

1240

1090

1250

0

6680

2008/2009

7550

4153

4857

3597

2926

1100

24183

2009/2010

6817

5963

6021

4139

2900

5756

31596

2010/2011

8519

7222

6833

4448

2900

17056

46978

TOTAL

24673

18776

18988

13297

9976

24162

109872

 

Number of institutions (Schools & Institutes) that implemented KAB during 2010/2011

Total

 

Damascus

Aleppo

Homs

Lattakia

Deir al-Zour

Other provinces

Schools

43

39

36

18

28

89

253

Institutes

8

8

5

5

5

28

59

Total

51

47

41

23

33

117

312

 

Number of TOTS held for the Ministry of Education

TOTAL TOTs

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

Total

1

3

11

13

6

34

45

Number of TOTS held for the Ministry of Higher Education

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

Total

 

2

3

3

3

11

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This is the manual for registered users, those not affiliated with the ILO or the KAB package but are part of our community. It is a resource which describes how to upload items, photos, and overall use the site. Should you have any difficulties commiting any of these actions, please feel free to contact or on the community by writing me, the Community Helper!

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The Youth to Youth Fund is a competitive grant and capacity building scheme for youth organizations for innovative project ideas that promote and develop entrepreneurship among peers.

Come join for a Grantee Ceremony where all 13 finalists will present their project proposals and showcase their solutions to youth entreneurship development in Tanzania. You will have the chance to cast your vote of the Public Choice Award! Awarded grants will range between $ 5,000 and $ 20,000.

For more information, see PDF file attached below.

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On 9-10 December 2010, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) will host its third annual Evaluation Clinic in Beirut, Lebanon. The Clinic will be organized as a side event immediately following the Arab Urban Development Institute Child Protection Initiative (AUDI CPI) conference “Children &Youth in the MENA Region: Towards Unleashing their Potentials” from 6-8 December. The Clinic will provide a venue for evaluation specialists to collaborate with youth employment project teams for the development of impact evaluation plans. The 2-day event will include a series of interactive consultation sessions, lectures from renowned evaluation experts and the launch of a series of cutting edge impact evaluations with large potential to build the evidence base for effective youth employment project design and delivery.

 

Learning will be facilitated through the application of evaluation principles to youth entrepreneurship projects in the process of designing impact evaluations: so called “live case studies”. The live case studies that have been selected include:

 

  1. Silatech and Al Amal’s Microfinance Bank – Yemen
  2. International Youth Foundation’s YOUTH:WORK project - Jordan
  3. Education for Employment Foundation’s SME project – Egypt
  4. INJAZ project - Lebanon

The theme for this year’s Clinic is “Youth Entrepreneurship”. Recently, entrepreneurship programmes have been receiving increasing attention from governments, donors and multilateral agencies as an alternative job creation strategy. Given the limited absorptive capacities of existing formal labour markets in the developing world, promotion of youth entrepreneurship and self-employment is one of the few feasible options to create employment opportunities both in the informal and formal economy. Nevertheless, the evidence to support positive impact of entrepreneurship schemes is extremely weak. The Clinic seeks to assist youth entrepreneurship projects implement successful impact evaluations and disseminate the findings that come out.

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The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF) is looking for 50 enthusiastic, results-oriented, committed, and motivated young professionals who have graduated from colleges or higher learning institutions in the fields of economics, social science, management, business administration, community development, and ICT to join the Kazi Nje Nje!

Kazi Nje Nje!” is a one year apprenticeship program implemented by YEF for the purpose of providing practical exposure, capacity building, and professional development opportunity for aspiring young professional BDS providers freshly graduating from colleges. The “Kazi Nje Nje!” builds your capacity to support entrepreneurship and private sector development in Tanzania. It will give you a good basis to work as a professional business management consultant or even start your own consulting business in the future.

Application deadline: November 1, 2010

For more information visit:http://www.ilo.org/public/english/region/afpro/daressalaam/

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THE AGENDA FOR THE CONFERENCE IS NOW AVAILABLE. Please see attached documents.

Hundreds of thousands of school leavers, university graduates and graduates of vocational education and training institutes enter the labour market each year and many of them cannot find a job. Preparing youth for self-employment and enterprise development is therefore considered an important strategy in national education efforts and countries are increasingly introducing entrepreneurship education at different levels in the educational system to orient youth to other career options than wage employment.

Against this backcloth, the ILO under the patronage of H. E., Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, first Lady of Egypt, and with financial support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is organising an international conference on entrepreneurship education in Sharm El Sheikh, with a special focus on the Know About Business (KAB) programme, to discuss and share the experiences of these and other efforts with a view to develop better policies and guidelines for the promotion of self-employment and youth entrepreneurship.

The conference is aimed at all policy makers and practitioners involved in the promotion, design and teaching of entrepreneurship education courses in schools, vocational education and training institutions, and higher education from contries of the Middle East and North Africa region and abroad. Governement officials, educators, students and trainees, representatives from students organisations, International Organisations, donors, national and international NGOs, young entrepreneurs association are also invited to participate.

You may find more information on the Conference Flyer by going to "read more" at the bottom of this page.

Registrations have now been closed. We thank you for your interest and come back at a later date for more information on the conference outcomes.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON CONFERENCE PACKAGE:
Please note that the conference package includes the following:

All arrivals on the 4th of May pick up service is included.

All departures on the 7th of May transportation service to the airport is included.

Meet, Assist and transportation from and to the airport is included only on the 4th and on the 7th of May.

Arrival 4th in the evening, dinner at the hotel restaurant (DOES NOT include drinks).

5th of May , breakfast and dinner in the hotel restaurant (DOES NOT include drinks)

6th of May, breakfast  in the hotel restaurant and dinner in the pool area Gala Dinner. (DOES NOT include drinks)

Departure 7th of May, breakfast only at the hotel restaurant (DOES NOT include drinks)

Coffee breaks and lunch are offered at the convention centre on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May 2010.

Any extra order will be paid by the participant on the spot. $105 per night on breakfast and dinner basis in single room and $136 in double room per night. Payment in cash will be required for these rates.

 

 


 

 

يدخل إلى سوق العمل في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا كل عام مئات الألوف سواء من خريجي الجامعات والمعاهد العليا، أو خريجي التعليم الفني والتدريب المهني، إضافة إلى عدد كبير من المتسربين من التعليم. وكثيراً منهم لا يستطيعون إيجاد وظيفة أو فرصة عمل. ومن ثم فإن تأهيل الشباب للتأهيل الذاتي وتنمية المؤسسات، تعتبر من الاستراتيجيات الهامة التي تأتى على رأس الجهود التي تبذل لتطوير التعليم الوطني وعليه أخذت الدول تتجه إلى إدخال تعليم ريادة الأعمال بشكل متزايد في مستويات مختلفة من النظام التعليمي لتوجيه الشباب إلى خيارات أخرى غير العمل بأجر .

ولمواجهة هذه التحديات، فقد سعت منظمة العمل الدولية إلى تنظيم مؤتمر دولي حول تعليم ريادة الأعمال في مدينة شرم الشيخ بجمهورية مصر العربية. وسوف يتيح المؤتمر مناقشة وتبادل الخبرات ومراجعة الجهود التي بذلت، وذلك بهدف تطوير سياسات أفضل وإرساء مبادئ توجيهية لتعزيز التشغيل الذاتي وريادة الأعمال لدى الشباب.

هذا المؤتمر موجه إلى جميع واضعي السياسات والمتخصصين المشتركين في تعزيز وتصميم وتعليم ريادة الأعمال في المدارس ومؤسسات التعليم الفني والتدريب المهني، والتعليم العالي ببلدان منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وخارجها. وعلى وجه الخصوص المسئولين الحكوميين والمعلمين والطلبة والمتدربين، وممثلين منظمات الطلاب، والمنظمات الدولية، والهيئات المانحة، والمنظمات غير الحكومية الوطنية والدولية، وجمعيات رواد الأعمال، كل هؤلاء مدعوون لتبادل المعارف والخبرات.

للتسجيل، يرجى النقر على المكان المخصص لملئ الاستمارة وشكراً.

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