THE FIRST YOUTH SECTOR STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD
The first Youth Sector Steering Committee meeting was held on April 19, 2019 and was chaired by Her Excellency, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This meeting was attended by our development partners, Youth groups, sector line Ministries, Civil Society Organizations, embassies, amongst others.
The Youth Sector Steering Committee was established to work in partnership with other government line ministries, development partners, civil society organizations, other relevant stakeholders and most importantly Liberian Youth and their representative groups to guide the implementation of youth related projects in the country and provide oversight and accountability to youth initiatives at empowering Liberia’s youth and boosting employability among young people.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES:
YOUTH OPPORTUNITY PROJECT (YOP)
Funding Organization: World Bank
Amount of Funding: 10M Loan from the World Bank
3.5M Euro Grant, additional financing from the Swedish Gov’t
Target Beneficiaries: 15, 000 Youth
Gender parity: 50-50
Age range: 15-35 years
Project Duration: 5 Years
Based on good performance, YOP attracted additional financing from the Swedish Government in the amount of 3.5M to the World Bank for the Project. An Agreement was signed between the Government of Liberia and the World Bank on 9 April 2019.
OVERALL RESULTS OF THE YOUTH OPPORTUNITY PROJECT (YOP) SO FAR
- 8,130 (54%) of the 15,000 targeted beneficiaries were reached
- Disbursement to date on the project is USD 3,746,881.54
- Cultivation of 4,212 out of 4,515 acres of farmland in all 15 counties
- Income of LRD$828,250.00 from the sale of initial harvest from the youth farmers
OVERALL RESULTS OF YOP PER COMPONENT
Productive Public Works Component (10,000 beneficiaries in all 15 Counties)
- 7,344 of the targeted youth reached
- payment of $USD$1,039,337.00 made to first round of beneficiaries
- cultivation of 4,212 out of 4,515 acres of farmland
- income of LRD$828,250.00 from the sale of initial harvest from youth farmers realized
- Trained 3,612 targeted youth in Life Skills and Business Financial Management.
- Round Two involving the recruitment of 3,612 rural youth beneficiaries was completed.
- These 3,612 beneficiaries have been provided simple farming tools worth US$113,553 to support land clearing and preparation.
- In addition, US$55,052.00 was transferred to the beneficiary farming youth groups directly to purchase the planting material for their farms.
- From January – March 2019, the Project paid out US$527, 537.00 as the second and final tranche payment of labor subsidies to 3,436 out of the 3,612 round one beneficiaries. The 146 (one hundred forty-six) beneficiaries who did not receive their labor subsidies during the payment was largely due to absenteeism. Plans have been finalized to pay their outstanding labor subsidies together with round two beneficiaries. This payment has been planned for the first week of June 2019 and a total of USD$568, 200.00 will be paid out to 3,788 youth farmers.
Household Enterprise Support Subcomponent (3,000 Beneficiaries in Montserrado)
- Eight hundred (800) youth in 10 selected communities in Monrovia, enrolled in the Household Enterprise Support subcomponent were organized into 99 Business Groups.
- The Project provided the 99 youth business groups with basic business management training and disbursed the first tranche payment of Business Starter Grant of USD$93,407.
- To date only 67 business groups are up and running while 32 business groups that squandered their Business starter grant have since broken down.
- Notwithstanding, the second tranche of business grant to the existing business has been finalized and the 67 business groups that are up and running will receive US$48, 240.00 in June 2019.
- Also, the recruitment and enrollment exercises for round 2 of the Household Enterprise Support will begin has begun in 15 new communities in Monrovia. 1,500 youths are expected to be enrolled in this round.
Pre-Employment Social Support (PESS-2000 Beneficiaries in Montserrado)
- The YMCA which has been contracted to roll out activities of this component has been engaged in community entry and mobilization activities in preparation of recruitment of round beneficiaries of this component.
- PESS will deliver job-readiness training, health and hygiene knowledge and social skills to 2000 youth aged 15-17 years in four rounds of 500 beneficiaries each.
- The recruitment for round one of the rollout is expected to begin by May 15, 2019 in 10 selected communities in Monrovia.
- Some of the selected communities are Sonniewein, Iron Factory, Duala, 72nd community, Soul Clinic, King Gray, etc.
LIBERIA EMLOYMENT AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM, (LEEP)
Funding Agency: French Development Agency (AFD)
Implementing Agency: Mercy Corps
Amount of Funding: 5M Euro grant from the French Government
Target Beneficiaries: 11, 000 Youth
Gender parity: 50-50
Age range: 18-35 years
Project Duration: 3 Years (July 15, 2019-July14, 2022)
Counties: Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa
The first component of the Liberia Employment and Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP) aims to increase the employability and entrepreneurship skills of Liberian youth. The second component will focus on creating a regional system of access to higher technical education within the Mano River Union. Liberian students will be supported to continue their studies at the INP-HB, an institution that provides top-notch training for technicians and engineers; and is already developing ways to welcome international students from Africa (Guineans, Sierra Leoneans and South Africans).
The project will also create a youth investment fund to finance youth-led microenterprises and establish partnerships with existing incubators to make available seed funding, in order to provide start-up capital for innovative initiatives led by the private sector.
Output 1.1: 2000 young Liberians acquire life and employability skills through Sports.
Output 1.2: 6,600 youth benefit from job-seeking advice and services within LEEP Youth Centers (youth employment and self-employment hubs) in 3 counties
Output 1.3: 400 youth gain work experience through participation in the Ministry of Youth and Sport’s led youth work experience programs tailored to different youth target groups
Output 2.1: 1400 youth are enabled to access business support services and financial support to launch or grow a small business venture
Output 2.2: 600 young Liberians benefit from a Supportive Ecosystem for Tech Entrepreneurship.
Output 3.1: 15 private sector innovators receive financial and business advisory support through an external business incubator to create youth employment or mitigate labor market failures.
Output 3.2: A network of 20 Multinational and Local enterprises work together to identify ways in which they can generate more and better jobs for local youth.
Output 3.3: A youth-oriented private sector annual awards scheme is established
SOCIO ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF DISADVANTAGED YOUTH (SEED)
Funding Partners: UNDP and UNFPA
Amount of Funding: 1.4M grant from UNPD and UNFPA
Target Beneficiaries: 500 Youth
Gender parity: 60-40, Male-Female
Age range: 18-35 years
Project Duration: 18 months (December 2018-May 2021)
This is a pilot project sponsored by the UNDP and UNFPA that will contribute to sustainable peace and social cohesion through the transformation of At-risk Youth from potential agents/threats of conflicts to facilitators of peace and constructive citizens engaged in decent means of livelihood.
The Ministry of Youth & Sports is among several implementing partners / agencies including the Ministries of Health and Public Works, the LRRRC, MCC, and PCC, etc.
Based on an agreed criterion, the project will strategically select 500 At-risk Youth in Montserrado, and enroll them into a series of vocational trainings, practical field exercises and other interventions, aimed at rehabilitating them and influencing behavioral change. These will include engagement in meaningful and constructive thinking and activities, improved self-image and access to social and health services, and thus laying the foundations for their social reintegration.
The project will be implemented in three phases:
- Phase (I.) Selection, Orientation and Rehabilitation;
- Phase (II.) Capacity Building, Vocational Skills-training and Social Reintegration;
- Phase (III.) Job Creation and Linkage with Business Support Services, and its target county is Montserrado.
MAJOR OUTREACH TO AT-RISK YOUTHS
We have been reaching out to At-Risk Youth within Monrovia with the objective of familiarizing ourselves with their situation, hearing what they need and beginning a discussion around how their needs could be served adequately by Government, our development partners, private and religious organizations and other actors within this space.
So far, we have visited and interacted with over 1,000 at risk youths in the following communities:
- Benson Street. District # 7
- Federation of Borough Youths New Kru Town District # 16
- Association of Jartu Town, Banjor District #17
- Youth Empowerment Citizens Action Committee in Partnership with African Media Network of Liberia Chocolate City, Gardnerville District
- At-risk Youths of Red-light, Paynesville, Coal Field Community
- The young people in these communities are desirous of being rehabilitated and provided skills that will enable them re-enter society and be more productive citizens.
- Meanwhile Six (6) rehabilitated youth have been admitted to Business & Domestic Occupational Training Center (BDOTC) as students with one of them being employed as a Teacher in the tailoring department.
- This outreach effort is continuing.
COMMUNITY LITERACY PROGRAM
Our Community Youth Literacy Program conducted its 13th cycle graduation ceremonies at the Soul Clinic Community NGO Market, District #4, Paynesville City, Montserrado County. One hundred and twenty-five (125) beneficiaries from beginner to advance levels were honored.
The National Youth Community Literacy Program is geared towards reducing the illiteracy rate among youth who are advance in age but have not gone to school for various reasons and are school dropout, and providing them with basic reading, writing and numeracy skills.
YOUTH ENTERPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT PROJECT (YEEP)
Funding Partner: African Development Bank
Amount of Funding: 3.4M Grant
Beneficiary Institution: University of Liberia, BWI and Nimba County Community College
Age range: 18-35 years
Gender Parity: 50-50, Male-Female
Project Duration: 3 years (2017-2021)
Counties: Montserrado, Margibi and Nimba
The specific objectives of this project are: (i) to promote youth entrepreneurship through improving their business skills, and (ii) improve youth employability by empowering them with relevant skills required by the job market.
The main goal of the project is to contribute towards youth employment in Liberia following years of conflict and recent outbreak of Ebola. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacities of selected institutions to enable them design and deliver entrepreneurship and employment generation programs that would improve youth skills, thereby enhancing the ability of the economy to absorb them as productive entrepreneurs and/or skilled workers.
Project Development Outcomes
The project is expected to result into (i) an expansion of businesses started by young people; (ii) increased employment and income of young people and (iii) establishment of innovative and sustainable programs on youth entrepreneurship and employment in Liberia.
Specifically, this project will:
- Create 40 new sustainable businesses of which at least 40% will be women owned
- Support at least 20 SMEs to expand their businesses
- Support and build capacity of at least 300 youth to find permanent jobs.
- Exposed over 2,400 students to job market information and skills requirements for employment through career guidance awareness workshops.
- The project will also develop capacities of learning institutions to improve their ability to deliver training programs. At least 30 instructors/lecturers in learning institutes will be trained.
Achievement per component:
Component 1 (Skills Development for employment) implemented at BWI
The aim of this component is to review and re-design course content and training modalities of 2-3 selected disciplines at BWI. The new course content will include skills in entrepreneurship and job.
In keeping with the project achievement for this quarter, kindly see below bullet points:
- Project has developed through a DACUM Chart and will be rolling out three (3) curriculum (Catering, Plumbing and Poultry)
- Training Method designed
- Approved ToT for TVET lecturers
- Developed plan for the placement of 150 interns
- Tracer survey has commenced
Component 2 (Job Readiness Program) implemented at the University of Liberia
The aim of the component is to support graduating students by making them work-ready in terms of awareness and experience in the corporate world as well as information on job market requirements. Job-readiness services will be established at the University of Liberia to facilitate job internships, support in the selection of academic courses, career exploration, employability workshops, recruitment, and job placement, as well as job and career fairs.
In keeping with the project achievement for this quarter, kindly see below bullet points:
- Conducted employability workshop for 350 Interns
- Conducted work readiness ToT for 28 UL lecturers
- Conducted job readiness training for 25 UL lecturers
- Place 31 interns with possible employment institutions
- Established partnership with seven (7) placement institutions
- Training and placement of 25 cohort of interns with United Nations Sectors
Component 3 (Entrepreneurship Development) implemented at the Nimba County Community College (NCCC)
The aim of this component is to establish business incubation and growth program and empowering incubation stakeholders in Nimba County to successfully develop an effective innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem where innovative entrepreneurs can flourish. The program will strengthen local SMEs, the NCCC role and visibility in the community and bring practical experiences closer to the
Kindly see below the achievement:
- Fully functional Entrepreneurship center established (15 laptop Computers, furniture, Projectors, etc.)
- Developed Entrepreneurship course for NCCC called “Entrepreneurship Awareness Course” (EAP)
- Roll out Entrepreneurship course as one credit hour course.
- Enterprise Teaching Methodology (ETM) developed
- Workshop for the Entrepreneurship course (EAP) and Enterprise Teaching Methodology conducted.
- Business Plan competition held
- Rural Entrepreneurship Training for 30 SMEs
- BDS Providers on Selection Process for final 20 SMEs held
Component 4 –Institutional Support to MYS: This component is aimed at supporting MYS in:
- Capacity building and skills transfer
- Completed the design of a monitoring framework
- Design of tracer surveys for the three components
- Held meeting with M&E unit on rolling it out
- Local Area Network installed at MYS
TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (TVET):
YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE (YIA)
Funding Partners: FAO, WFP and ILO
Amount of Funding: 1.5M grant from FAO, WFP and ILO
Target Beneficiaries: 1,200 Youths
Gender parity: 50-50, Male-Female
Age range: 18-35 years
Project Duration: 2 years
Counties: Bong and Lofa
This is a joint program initiative within the UN (FAO, WFP and ILO) focused on peace and security and meant to benefit youth in Bong and Lofa counties.
The Program is focused on development of 60 hectares of land for agriculture production and for poultry farming.
The key objectives are to mobilize youth to:
- Engage in peacebuilding and develop non-violent means of expressing grievances on land conflict; and
- Strengthening rural employment programs as a strategic entry point for youth empowerment through the provision of livelihoods opportunities for youth.
- Young women and men will have increased access to local conflict resolution mechanisms, with a focus on land disputes, and become active agents of peace.
Rural young women and men will have access to sustainable agricultural livelihoods addressing key drivers of conflicts
YOUTH RISING (EUROPEAN UNION SPONSORED PROJECT)
Funding Partner: European Union
Amount of Funding: 20M Euro Grant
Target Beneficiaries: TVET Student Community
Age range: 18-35 years
Project Duration: 6 years
Counties: Montserrado, Margibi, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Sinoe
Beneficiary Institutions: MVTC, BWI, Zwedru Multilateral High, Sinoe Multilateral High, Cape Palmas Multilateral High and Tubman High School
Counterparts: Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and NAO
- Psychometric assessments and testing of teachers to be recruited and sent abroad were done and only 27 were successful out of the 70 needed. Another advertisement is pending to the second round of assessment and testing.
- Preliminary market needs assessment completed in December 2018.
- Scholarships for key ministry staff to study abroad. Initial contacts were established with Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) in Nairobi, The Kenya Technical Trainers Training College, The Council of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) in Accra and The Toyota Academy in Nairobi. Discussions also included other areas of cooperation for example study trips to learn about the establishment and management of other African TVET authorities.
Specific Objective 1, Outcome 1.1: Key GOL entities are endowed with a robust technical base to support the effective governance, planning, management, oversight and delivery of TVET.
Specific Objective 1, Output 1.2: Selected TVET providers are staffed with instructors, administrators and principals with upgraded skills, and are modernized (including systems, infrastructure and equipment) to deliver demand-driven training programs in key strategic sectors for the Liberian economy.
Specific Objective 1, Output 1.3: Increased private sector involvement in the Liberian TVET system, including in curriculum development, and TVET delivery.
Specific Objective 2, Output 2.1: Gender sensitized measures to foster enrollment and retainment of female youth are streamlined into TVET provider systems and
Output 2.2: The quality of TVET provision in South-East rural areas of Liberia with improved Infrastructure
- $3M Euro of this amount will go to Informal TVET
- The Ministry is currently finalizing the specific areas to which this funding is expected to be applied.
THE TVET SECTOR BENEFITS FROM THE LIBERIA ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ACCESS PROJECT (LEEAP), A PROJECT OF THE LIBERIA ELECTRICITY CORPORATION (LEC) IN CONJUNCTION WITH TVET INSTITUTIONS
Financed by African Development Bank
This project will be implemented in partnership with LEC and aims at Curriculum Development for Capacity Building (Training in Residential and Commercial Wiring). The beneficiaries of the project are Liberia Electricity Corporation, graduates of MVTC, Tubman University and Bong Technical College.
Liberia Electricity Corporation, AFDB seeks to give young people tertiary education through Residential and Commercial Wiring specifically in the areas:
- LV Meter connection
- Linesmen construction
Training to be conducted at Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC)---30 students, Tubman University (TU)---20 students & Bong Technical College (BTC)---15 students.
PROGRESS ON OUR VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
- Enrolled 2,334 students for its 12 cycle
- Completed the common core which is Term one (1) of its 12-training cycle
- Two instructors from the electrical department travelled to India for a one-month training in solar energy
- Two instructors from the electrical department also travelled to South Africa for a one-month training in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
- Five (5) instructors from the Plumbing department were sent to Nigeria on a one-month training in Hydrology.
- Conducted a one-week capacity building workshop for Administrative and Instructional Staff.
On February 19, 2019, the Business Domestic and Occupational Training Center, BDOTC, graduated 266 students in various vocational skills and 133 (one hundred thirty-three) of these graduates got gainful employment from the businesses they we sent to for internship. 9 disciplines are taught at BDOTC. They include Cookery, Front Office, Waitress, Housekeeping, Tailoring, Baking, Event Decoration, Braiding & Weaving and Beauty Culture. Currently, 385 students are enrolled for 2019/2020 training period.
Initiated a Pilot project of admitting five at-risk youth with full responsibility for school materials and provided job (Tailoring Instructor) for one at-risk youth.
Thirty (30) students completed a-30-day training in Oil Palm Nursery Development at KAVTC. The training was conducted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).
The Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the China Aid Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technique Assistance Project commenced the fourth training cycle for trainees in General Agriculture with 30 trainees. Seedlings nursery set up to provide seedlings for different types of vegetables.
Staff planted a variety of vegetables (watermelons, okra, potato greens and cucumber).
- 46 trainees undergoing training under the Chinese Bamboo and Rattan Program at the Chinese compound at SKD.
- Pending graduation for 112 students who have already completed their apprenticeships
DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS
SPECIAL OLYMPIC TEAM
- The Special Olympics World Games took place in Abu Dhabi from March 14-22, 2019.
- 200 Countries and over 15,000 athletes participated.
- Liberia won three (3) Gold and One (1) Bronze in New Nation category
- We took three athletes to the Olympics:
- Salim Ehiabom Assaf, 100M and 200M
- Hassatou Odell Duah, 100M
- Samuel Smith, 100M
The Inter-Ministerial League is currently taking place at the SKD Sports Complex.
The Boxing Federation took 13 athletes to Sierra Leone to participate in a boxing competition and won one Gold and a Silver medal.