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LIFE SKILLS SUMMER SCHOOL CAMP EDITION 2024

TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE “LIFE SKILLS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT MINI-CONFERENCES” INITIATIVE

Context and Rationale

In Burundi, as in many developing countries, youth represent a significant part of the population. However, these youth face many challenges, including unemployment, lack of access to quality education and lack of opportunities to develop their skills and talents.

The youth unemployment rate in Burundi is estimated at around 65%, which is significantly higher than the global average. Furthermore, according to UNESCO statistics, only 7% of young Burundians have access to higher education. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the Burundian education system is primarily theory-driven, with few opportunities for young people to learn practical and entrepreneurial skills.

One of the major challenges facing young people in Burundi is the lack of financial education and life skills. Indeed, many children start and finish school without having been informed about the importance of financial education and life skills. As a result, they enter the job search phase without being equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the world of work.

Financial education is essential to help young people understand how to manage their money, how to save, invest and plan for their financial future. Life skills, on the other hand, include skills such as decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, effective communication, and time management, all of which are essential for success in personal and professional life.

Additionally, many children and young people have not had mentors to guide and motivate them. Mentoring is a powerful tool that can help young people build self-confidence, expand their network, learn new skills and navigate their careers. A mentor can also provide emotional support, encourage ambition and inspire young people to achieve their goals. An additional challenge is that during the holidays, many young people find themselves without constructive activities to undertake. This can sometimes to drive to engage in questionable or risky actions .

Faced with these challenges, the United Partners for Humanitarian Welfare program , through this initiative, aims to offer young Burundians training and skills development opportunities during the summer holidays. The project plans a series of 28 conferences and training workshops focusing on various areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation, business plan writing, financial management, leadership, mental health, public speaking public, technology, art, negotiation, network building, diversity and intercultural awareness, digital skills and social media, emotional motivation, stakeholder management, environment, innovation in food and agriculture, health and wellness-based projects, women’s empowerment for sustainability, equitable communities and resilience, and more.

Each interactive session will be led by an expert in the relevant field, providing a rich, redundant learning experience. Participants will be selected according to a certain number of criteria, and will have the opportunity to benefit from these training courses from Monday to Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Creating a space for young people from Monday to Thursday during the summer holidays would be a great opportunity for these 100 young people who will serve as an example and a light for all the others. These training and skills development sessions will provide young people with the opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.

By providing these training and skills development opportunities, the project aims to stimulate youth entrepreneurship, strengthen their leadership, prepare them for socio-economic integration and promote their development. In addition, the project aims to contribute to solving the problem of youth unemployment in Burundi, by providing them with the tools and skills necessary to create their own economic opportunities and contribute to the development of their country.

The initiative represents an innovative and necessary initiative to respond to the challenges faced by young Burundians, and contribute to their fulfillment and socio-economic development and aims to fill these gaps by offering young people training opportunities in financial education, in life skills, entrepreneurship and leadership. In addition, the project also provides mentoring sessions to help young people navigate their professional and personal journeys. Thus, the project will contribute not only to the development of young people, but also to their preparation for socio-economic integration.

  1. OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

Program Objectives and Goals

General Objective: The general objective of this project is to stimulate youth entrepreneurship, strengthen their leadership, prepare them for socio-economic integration and promote their development through a series of conferences and training workshops.

Specific objectives :

  1. Financial Education and Life Skills: Provide financial education and life skills to young people to help them manage their money effectively, make informed decisions and succeed in their personal and professional lives.
  2. Mentoring and Motivation: Offer mentoring sessions to help young people develop their self-confidence, expand their network, learn new skills and navigate their careers.
  3. Entrepreneurship and Leadership: Stimulate youth entrepreneurship and strengthen their leadership through training workshops on writing business plans, financial management, public speaking, technology, art, negotiation, network building, diversity and intercultural awareness, digital skills and social media, emotional motivation, stakeholder management, environment, innovation in food and agriculture, projects based on health and well-being, women’s empowerment for sustainability, equitable communities and resilience, and more.
  4. Preparation for Socio-economic Integration: Prepare young people for socio-economic integration by providing them with the tools and skills necessary to create their own economic opportunities and contribute to the development of their country.
  5. Promotion of Youth Development: Promote the development of young people by providing them with a safe and stimulating space to learn and develop during the summer holidays.

By achieving these objectives, the project will contribute to resolving the problem of youth unemployment in Burundi, and providing them with opportunities for their fulfillment and socio-economic development.

Expected Results of the Program

  1. Improved Life Skills and Financial Education: Young participants will have acquired essential life skills and solid financial education that will help them make informed decisions in their personal and professional lives.
  2. Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Leadership: Young participants will have developed entrepreneurial and leadership skills that will allow them to create their own economic opportunities and contribute to the development of their country.
  3. Development of Self-Confidence and Motivation: Through mentoring and motivation, young participants will have developed increased self-confidence and will be more motivated to achieve their personal and professional goals.
  4. Preparation for Socio-economic Integration: Young participants will be better prepared for socio-economic integration, having acquired the tools and skills necessary to navigate the world of work.
  5. Promotion of Youth Development: Young participants will have had the opportunity to develop and flourish in a safe and stimulating environment.
  6. Reduction of Youth Unemployment Rate: By providing young people with the skills and tools needed to create their own economic opportunities, the project will help reduce the youth unemployment rate in Burundi.
  7. Creation of a Model of Success: The 100 young participants will serve as an example and a light for all other young people in Burundi, thus inspiring other similar initiatives.

The project will have a significant impact on the lives of young participants and will contribute to their fulfillment and socio-economic development.

 

 

Program Methodologies and Strategies

SGST-Seed Growth, Seed Transformation Approach: We will use our SGST (Seed Growth, Seed Transformation) approach which aims to sow the seeds of entrepreneurship and leadership among young people and then help them grow and transform into leaders and accomplished entrepreneurs.

Mini-conferences program: From July 8, 2024 until August 30, 2024, four mini-conferences per week will be led by expert speakers on specific themes. This will total a series of 28 lectures. The conferences will take place from Monday to Thursday.

Selection and Engagement of Youth: 100 young people will be selected according to a certain number of criteria to participate in the mini-conferences. These young people will remain engaged throughout the program.

Innovative Ideas Competition: A competition for innovative ideas and the writing of proposals and business plans will be launched. Participants will be encouraged to come up with innovative ideas and write project proposals and business plans. The 5 best will be awarded at the closing on August 30.

Location: All activities will take place within the grounds of CFP Kigobe, a safe, large and comfortable location for these events.

In short, these methodologies and strategies aim to provide young people with a platform to learn, develop and flourish, while stimulating their entrepreneurial spirit and strengthening their leadership.

The program aims to stimulate youth entrepreneurship, strengthen their leadership and prepare them for socio-economic integration in Burundi. From July 8, 2024 to August 30, 2024, a series of 28 mini-conferences will be organized, covering various themes ranging from financial education to entrepreneurship, including leadership and life skills. 100 young people will be selected to participate in these conferences which will take place from Monday to Thursday in the CFP Kigobe premises. A competition for innovative ideas and writing proposals and business plans will also be organized, with a reward for the 5 best proposals at the closing on August 30. This project represents an important initiative for the fulfillment and socio-economic development of young people in Burundi.

Project Candidate Selection Process

The candidate selection process for this project is designed to ensure a balanced representation of young people in school and young people who have completed their studies. Here’s how it works:

  1. Schooled Candidates: 50 schooled candidates will be selected from 10 chosen post-basic schools. This will ensure fair representation of different schools and reach a wide range of young people.
  2. Young people who have completed their studies: A call for applications will be issued on June 5, 2024 to select 50 other young people who have completed their studies. This will include young people who are currently not in school but who are still interested and motivated to participate in the project.
  3. Online Registration: All interested candidates must register online at the website www.uphwo.org. The deadline for registration is June 27, 2024. This gives applicants sufficient time to prepare and submit their application.

This selection process ensures that the project reaches a diversity of young people, including those currently in school and those who have already completed their studies. This will ensure that the benefits of the project are widely distributed and reach a wide range of young people in Burundi.

Benefits of Program Participants

Skill Acquisition: Participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of essential skills, including entrepreneurship, leadership, financial management, public speaking, technology, art, negotiation, network building, diversity and intercultural awareness, digital skills and social media, emotional motivation, stakeholder management, environment, innovation in food and agriculture, projects based on health and good -being, women’s empowerment for sustainability, equitable communities and resilience, and more.

  1. Personal Development: Participants will have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. They will gain confidence and self-esteem, and be better prepared for the future.
  2. Networking: Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in various fields, as well as network with other like-minded young people.
  3. Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities: Through the skills learned and relationships established at the conferences, attendees will be better equipped to create their own employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  4. Contribution to the Community: By participating in this project, young people will have the opportunity to contribute to their community and become role models for other young people.
  5. Recognition and Awards: Participants who stand out in the competition for innovative ideas and writing proposals and business plans will receive recognition and rewards, which can increase their motivation and self-confidence.
  6. Certification: In addition to the benefits mentioned above, project participants will also receive certification at the end of the program. This certification will attest to their participation and the skills they acquired during the conferences and workshops. It can be used as evidence of their commitment to learning and personal development, which can be a valuable asset when seeking employment or pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities. In short, certification is another way in which participants can benefit from their participation in this project.

In short, participation in this project offers numerous benefits that can have a lasting positive impact on the lives of young participants.

Information and registration

Registrations; In progress, at the GLAPSE offices, located in Kigobe, Avenue du cinquantenaire, Rue Muhabo, Rue muhabo no 4, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

LIFE SKILLS FOR SUSTAINABILITY -28 MINISERIES CURRICULUM  : Registration link https://bit.ly/lifeskillsconferences

Location: Kigobe Vocational Training Center, Avenue du cinquantenaire, Rue Muhabo no 4

Opening of the Program: 08/07/2024 End; 08/30/2024

Bye Bye Vacation Trip and Family Dinner: 08/28/2024

Speaking Competition, Closing and Certification: 08/30/2024 

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