Nicaraguan, Taiwanese and Canadian Cooperation promote youth entrepreneurism in Estelí
Christopher Artola, CCFC Programme Manager
Estelí, Nicaragua, 13 August 2015 — Fifty youths from District I of Estelí will have the opportunity for decent employment thanks to the initiative: “Youths undertaking their own development with economic initiatives and social commitment”, implemented by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) and the Taiwanese Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), in collaboration with the Institute of Ongoing Formation (INSFOP).
The project includes motivational arenas, which promote the participation of the adolescents and young adults in the entire process. The participants will develop technical vocational capacities, culminating with the creation of a network of adolescent and young adult businesspeople who will share their experiences.
Nicaragua is one of the vanguard countries in the creation of a legal framework that favours the development of youth. It has a National Youth Police, the Youth Law and a proposal for a National Youth Employment Plan, aimed at the restitution of this population’s rights, above all in the most vulnerable aspects, among them the self-generation of income and their training for work. Despite the efforts that have been made, an important number of adolescents between 14 and 18 years old persists that are doing dangerous jobs outside of what is established in the Code of Children and Adolescents. International Labour Organization figures calculate that some 238,000 children and adolescents do some kind of work.
“Through this initiative opportunities are being created that allow adolescents and young adults to have a technical preparation, making way for a culture based on their needs, including adolescents and young adults in the family and social dynamic. In this way we are contributing to the National Youth Employment Plan,” said Josefa Lorente Ruíz, Executive Director of INSFOP. Background: This is the second time CCFC is implementing a project to support youth entrepreneurism.
In 2014, another 100 Estelí youths saw their dreams concretized through the setting up of their own busines. To that end the group was trained in Entrepreneurism, Financial Education, Occupational Health and Safety, Publicity, Market and Business Plans. So far in 2015, CCFC has provided for the strengthening of capacities and equipment for 1,633 adolescents and young adults in six countries so they can start their own businesses.
Among CCFC’s strategic objectives, the organization proposes to empower adolescents and young adults between 15 and 24 years of age with respect to their right at the same time as it aims to strengthen their capacities to increase their participation in decisions and situations that impact their lives, procuring for them a productive future in adulthood.
About Christian Children´s Fund of Canada (CCFC): We are a Canadian development organization that contributes to improving the quality of life of children and their families in developing countries in five key areas: health and nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, strengthening of community organizations and sustainable economic growth. Each year we touch the lives of more than half a million boys and girls, young adult and families in six countries on three continents: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay.