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Chap 2: Preparing for Work

Vocational training is being increasingly recognized as a sound mechanism to promote decent jobs. During week II of the e-discussion, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) launched the Tanzania Youth Scholars initiative. This initiative aims to increase access to quality vocational and entrepreneurship training and secondary education opportunities for 1,800 orphans and vulnerable children and young people through educational scholarships.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (1997), non-formal education refers to:

Many of the participants voiced their perceptions of age discriminatory practices across the labour market. Several commented on different forms of discrimination, including: age, gender, geography, nationality and ethnic background. Crispin, with Aube Nouvelle pour la Femme et le developpment (ANFD), informed us of such issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “where [an estimated] 90 per cent of youth are unemployed.

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