Creating Perspective for Youngsters in Cameroon

Project background: Sub-Saharan need for perspective that Europe can support

We all know that Sub-Saharan countries will be most affected by climate change. This accumulates to the challenges these countries already face, like unemployment, poverty, and low access to health services. In a country like Cameroon, the situation is even more tense as language barriers cause internal socio- and political conflict, resulting in large numbers of internally displaced persons. Especially young people feel left behind, making them vulnerable to violence. It’s therefore important to invest in the future of young people by providing them with a high-quality education relevant to the job market of the 21st century.

The Cameroon National Development Strategy (2020-2030) operationalizes the second part of the vision, providing a framework for sustainable economic and human development. The third pillar of NDS focuses on promoting employment and economic integration, particularly underemployment, matching training to jobs, matching training supply to demand of the productive sector in terms of manpower and support to companies in the sector. 

Given the national strategy, which shows the need for a qualitative impulse in the VET training and link with the labor market, given the high number of applying students for our current “En-power” project as well as the great interest already shown by government and companies to partner for a relevant skills training, the consortium developed the “Cameroon Renew-ed” project proposal: improving the capacity of the VET system on renewable energy co-creating a training program by European education institutes, local private sector, and local training organizations so that national government will see the value of the training and adopt the program on a national level. The program is state-of-the-art based on the latest developments in the renewable energy sector, using digital tools as to deliver blended learning methods.

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Our role and partners:

The role of MasterPeace Foundation is being a broker between the local needs and the excellent expertise and existing methodologies on renewable energy like water, wind and hydro (by TVET school (in the Netherlands) and with our Italian partner Apro Formazione (APRO) https://www.aproformazione.iton social entrepreneurship. Both train our 3 local partners in Cameroon (H4BF; ; Society for Promotion of Initiatives in sustainable development and welfare (SOP) – and Forest and Agroforestry Promoters (FAP)

Our main objective is to improve and increase the capacity of VET teachers and trainers and to boost the exposure of staff, teachers, and learners to 21st-century and innovative renewable energy-blended VET materials. We bridge the gaps in profiles between education, the labor market, and governance policies. The consortium is part of African and global networks to share the lessons learned and scale competences.

Our primary target groups:     

  • VET organizations and teachers (to increase the capacity and support their exposure);    
  • 2.1) Youngsters in the age group of 16-30 years, 60% female/40% male 
  • 2.2) Employees of business partners.   
Our secondary target groups:   

  • 3.1) private sector to boost their business and close the gap between VET and labor;   
  • 3.2) local decision makers and our global partners to build an ecosystem that drives the transformation;   
  • 3.3) society to inspire them with positive stories and best practice examples.    
Our main outputs:  

  • 9 trainers trained; 200 students trained and create personal business plans hosted by 25 business partners; 20 will start a social enterprise  
  • 100 employees of business partners trained in masterclasses  
  • A Green hub as meeting space  
  • 3 VET curricula on solar, wind, and hydro and 3 blended courses  
  • 75 participants in exchange activities   
Next steps:

We started this project in early 2023 and will have the final results by the end of 2024; we are extremely proud of the results. We will meet in June with the Cameroon Ministry of Education, which will support accrediting our methodologies. In August, we will share this best practice during our global bootcamp with 50+ MP clubs to discuss how we will best scale to create a jobs perspective for many in Cameroon and beyond. First requests for information are already in from our networks in Africa and Asia

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