Our Contribution to Upskilling 5 million Nigerian Youth to Access Dignified Jobs

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Location

Kano and Kaduna States

Beneficiaries

250,000 Youths, with a 70% focus on Women

Donors

Mastercard Foundation under the Young Africa Works Program

Partners

Jobberman Nigeria

Our Contribution to Upskilling 5 million Nigerian Youth to Access Dignified Jobs

Through support from Mastercard Foundation under the Young Africa Works Program and partnership with Jobberman Nigeria, Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (BCAI) engaged government stakeholders, community leaders and community-based organizations and mobilized and trained young people, aged 18-35 on employability skills, with 70% focus on women. These skills include personal effectiveness, emotional intelligence, business etiquette, time management, creativity and critical thinking. Through this project, BCAI created strategies, structures and systems that led to successful community mobilization across different communities in Northern Nigeria, including providing logistical and operational capacity, guidance and assistance to facilitators to effectively discharge their mandate of soft skills training to participants across various locations. BCAI also created and trained a network of community volunteers and champions across communities in Northern Nigeria who continuously promote and replicate soft skills lessons in their immediate communities.

Key Results
Created strategies and grassroots structure and system for community mobilization for Young Africa works program in Northern Nigeria
BCAI identified and developed a working community mobilization strategy for Young Africa Works in Northern Nigeria, including a well-thought-out structure and systems that are now being replicated in other Nigerian states. BCAI also developed standard operating procedures for facilitators, community mobilizers, and community volunteers to ensure the smooth and effective implementation of Young Africa Works program activities in various Northern Nigerian communities.

Mobilized and enhanced youth knowledge on employability and soft skills BCAI assisted YAW in reaching over 250,000 learners (youths, with a 70% focus on women) in Kaduna and Kano states, mapping a total of 9,433 traditional rulers; 44 community mobilizers; and deploying training equipment in over 150 communities in Kaduna and Kano states, providing technical and operational support for the training.

BCAI assisted YAW in reaching over 250,000 learners (youths, with a 70% focus on women) in Kaduna and Kano states, mapping a total of 9,433 traditional rulers; 44 community mobilizers; and deploying training equipment in over 150 communities in Kaduna and Kano states