Community Vocational Courses: A Way Out of Poverty
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Info about the Community Vocational Courses: A Way Out of Poverty
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”
According to a study conducted in 2005 by the Ministry of Youth, 35% of Salvadoran youth finish high school, 10% go on to university, and only 1% actually graduate from university. As indicated by these statistics, few students have the opportunity to receive college, or even high school degrees. This lack of education greatly limits their ability to find work outside the home, which is not something be taken lightly when this is one of the only ways out of the cycle of poverty.
The proposed project will give youth the opportunity to attain marketable skills even when their families cannot afford to send them on to high school or college. Two five-month-long vocational courses, Cosmetology and Collision Repair & Automotive Painting, will be held within the community, and will be free of cost to students who are willing to show dedication to the course of their choosing.
Both courses will be taught by professionals in their field. The teachers are enthusiastic to share their knowledge with youth, have excellent references, and have many years of experience in both practice and teaching of their vocation.
Furthermore, the courses have a pre-requisite and follow up component which reinforce the application of these skills to generate income. In the pre-requisite course, taught by the Peace Corps volunteer, students will learn how to make a Resume, how to interview, and practice starting and running one’s own micro business. As a follow up, students will update their resumes, and both the course teachers and the Peace Corps volunteer will help interested students locate available jobs.
We plan to start the courses by the end of June, and hope you will contribute to help youth help themselves.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.