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Vocational training and the reduction of unemployment among the street children of Dakar and its surroundings

The problem of “street children” is a prominent social phenomenon in Senegal, closely linked to the problem of children begging. The victims of these phenomena are mainly boys aged 10-15. The children live in extremely difficult conditions: they have no access to drinking water, inadequate food and health care, are exposed to violence and have inadequate shelter. In order to survive, they beg and commit minor offences. The phenomenon of street children is growing due to three main factors: the mass exodus from villages and the influx of people into cities, gangs that control begging and the growing development of koranic schools (daaras), which are not controlled by the state. At the same time, technical and vocational education in Senegal is sparse.

Street children and children who are in conflict with the law are often illiterate and frequently change the place where they live. In order to reduce this negative impact, in 2007 the Senegalese Government set up the Partnership for the Prevention and Integration of Street Children (PARRER). The local partner (Village Pilote) has been operating in PARRER since its inception. One of the priorities of the Partnership is to create conditions for the effective social integration of street children. Vocational education is an extremely crucial element in this process.

Vocational training and the reduction of unemployment among the street children of Dakar and its surroundings

The project will run from April to December 2016 in the poor districts of Dakar and around the city. World Culture Foundation in partnership with the Senegalese Village Pilote organisation will be the contractor

The main aim of the project is to increase access to vocational training and vocational activation of the most disadvantaged young people. The activities will provide support for Village Pilote in organising vocational training for street children. Thanks to participation in this training, the centre’s students will be able to improve their chances of getting out of poverty and successfully integrating into society.

Vocational training and the reduction of unemployment among the street children of Dakar and its surroundings

The project was carried out from 1 April to 31 December 2016.

The project involved the organisation of literacy and vocational training in carpentry, electrics and sustainable agriculture for young people living in the Oasis and Tremplin centres. During the project, there were about 140 dependents in Village Pilote centres.

In addition, through partnerships with businesses (such as the Kirene bottled water factory), apprenticeships have been organised for 20 of the centre’s pupils.

As part of the promotion of the project in Poland, a mobile exhibition of photographs showing training centres in Oasis and Tremplin, pupils and teachers was organised. The exhibition was shown in 10 vocational and secondary schools in Lower Silesian Voivodeship.