Horticulture, beekeeping, traditional medicine, but also renewable energy: these are just some of the training courses organized in the Gabù region, in Guinea-Bissau, in which young people between 15 and 35 years old took part. They are the boys and girls involved in the project “Restart from young people: promoters of local development and conscious migration” (AID011.472), co-financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and promoted by ACRA and Mani Tese. All training areas were chosen because they guarantee immediate employment or favor entrepreneurial initiatives.
The purpose? Raise awareness in communities about local job opportunities in a region where the employment rate for boys and girls aged 15 to 35 barely reaches 30%, and which many young people choose to leave. But also to allow civil society to fill, albeit partially, the void left by state institutions in the training field: the courses, in fact, are managed by local civil society organizations, under the supervision of Mani Tese and the project partner PONGAB.
Thus, between March and April, as many as 80 people between the ages of 15 and 35 were able to benefit from 160 hours of training and improve their basic professional skills. Then, in May and June, four other courses were held, including one on the production and treatment of plants, with a focus on fruit growing.