In Niger, two out of three young people are early school leavers or have had no schooling at all. They are estimated to number 2,156,864. These young people do not have the skills to enter working life or vocational training and there are very few alternative routes for them to take.
Designed as a pilot programme, the Programme d'Education Alternative des Jeunes (PEAJ), or Alternative education programme for young people, is operated by the State, the municipalities and NGOs in the Maradi and Dosso regions with input from Swisscontact. It has been given two main objectives:
The proposed training programme is viewed as a ladder into formal education, as an initial step towards training centres for vocational training for the key sectors of the local economy (agriculture, stockbreeding, manual trades and crafts, etc.), and as a pathway to employment.
2015 - 2018
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