Engaged, Educated, Empowered, Ethiopian Youth Project (E4Y)
Approximately 80% of Ethiopian youth are out of school by age 15, early marriage limits female youth horizons and poor economic conditions means even those with an education cannot find a job in the formal sector. This leaves youth either working unpaid on family farms or in the worst forms of child labor in domestic service, agriculture, textiles, mining, agriculture and fishing.
- Educational attainment improved and gender gaps addressed: Provide direct education and/or vocational training services to at least 12,000 youth engaged in or at-risk of child labor.
- Improved access to acceptable and decent work opportunities for youth: Provide decent work opportunities for at least 12,000 youth engaged in or at-risk of child labor.
- Enhanced access to livelihoods for youth and their households: Provide livelihoods services to at least 7,500 households of youth engaged in or at-risk of child labor.
- Increased community engagement and leadership opportunities for youth: Provide community engagement and leadership opportunities for at least 12,000 youth engaged in or at-risk of child labor.
- Improved access to social protection programs for youth and their households: Provide access to social protection programs for at least 12,000 youth engaged in or at-risk of child labor.
- Provide direct education support services for youth to complete secondary school or access higher education
- Provide vocational and skills training programs for youth.
- Establish partner links to vocational training centers, universities and colleges of teacher education.
- Provide apprenticeships and decent job placement for youth.
- Provide entrepreneurship training and support for youth.
- Assist youth in use of job-search methods.
- Increase awareness of labor standards and occupational safety and health (OSH).
- Strengthen child protection systems to address labor law violations and child rights.
- Enhance financial services and income generating activities to youth and households.
- Promote micro-insurance and micro-franchises.
- Improve life skills for youth.
- Provide linkages to Integrated Functional Adult Education programs.
- Enhance leadership skills for youth.
- Increase youth-led community engagement.
- Establish youth-led community awareness raising campaigns.
- Provide linkages to government programs.
- Improve access to community social protection support for youth.
The E4Y Project will target 12,000 Ethiopian male and female youth both in school and out of school who are between the ages of 14 and 17 in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNPR) and Amhara regions and their 7,500 households. At least 6,500 targeted youth will be female and 400 will have disabilities. An additional 10,000 indirect beneficiary youth in target communities will receive support limited to life skills through summer camps, school clubs and youth groups.
As of March 31, 2016, the project has provided education or vocational services to 6,392 children; livelihood services to 3,031 households.
International Rescue Committee and the Center for Creative Leadership
Related Project Resources
- Final Report of the Research on Effects of Early Marriage on Girls’ Education, Health and Women Empowerment in Ethiopia – with Particular Emphasis in West Amhara, Ethiopia
- Market Assessment Report, Amhara And SNNP Regions: Engaged, Educated And Empowered Ethiopian Youth [E4Y] Project, June - July 2015
- Workplace Health And Safety Training Manual For Practitioners In Micro And Small Scale Enterprise