Since the end of the war in 2006 Nepal is going through a challenging peace-making and civil reconstruction process. The severe earthquake of 2015 threw the country back again, while limited economic growth has exerted an additional drag on development. The population in the project districts is poor and the majority survives on agriculture. About 80% of households are not even sure they will send their children to school. They often lack access to clean drinking water and healthcare.
The greatest challenge for the future remains the high rate of youth unemployment (40%), which is attributable among other things to an inadequate training system.
Nevertheless, Nepal is also sending positive signals: in the last few years, more initiatives have been implemented to strengthen vocational training.
Swisscontact is facilitating access to vocational training to young people in Nepal and providing guidance as they enter the labour force. Courses are based on the local labour market and constitute an important component in the vocational training system of each project region. The active labour market initiatives undertaken by the project improve the chances for young people to find a job or start their own businesses, increasing their incomes in the process.
Private training institutes play a key role in the project, as the private sector’s involvement strengthens the vocational training system’s orientation to demand. Trainings are divided into modules and can be attended independently of each other. This will help to resolve the uneven levels of education among youth.
Moreover, Swisscontact is helping to conserve the social balance of an ethnically vastly diverse population in the country’s southeast and promoting entrepreneurship among young migrants returning to their homeland.
Entrepreneurship training for unemployed youth and returning migrants:
Vocational training for unemployed youth:
Further professional development for young adults:
Symphasis Foundation, Fondation Tibetania
2017 - 2020
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