‘Year of Youth’ to improve employability of young people

President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, has announced 2023 as the ‘Year of Youth’, with increased support for further and higher education to improve the employability of young people, including university centres which will offer thematic, innovative programmes to meet the country’s socio-economic needs.

In his address to the nation Ouattara said: “I am convinced that your talent and your energy are an opportunity for our country. I firmly believe in your ability to contribute to the development of the Côte d’Ivoire.That is why I have decided to make 2023 the ‘Year of Youth,” reported AllAfrica.

During the next 12 months the government will increase and speed up the system of support for young people through a number of measures, including: ‘second-chance schools’ for those who left education too early or who wish to retrain; upgrading the employability aspect of the professional and university training systems; accelerating construction of sports and recreational facilities; improving the direct funding system for youth projects; encouraging the involvement of young people in public affairs; and setting up an incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship to encourage creative talents of the young and development of startup businesses, reported AllAfrica.

Measures were being carried out in professional and university education to improve results through structural reforms, and the rehabilitation and construction of infrastructure, reported AllAfrica.

Higher education would continue to expand with thematic university institutions offering innovative programmes adapted to the country’s socio-economic needs, to grow human capital and ensure young people were included as essential participants in the development of the country, reported AllAfrica.

During the past year the government had undertaken the construction of seven new colleges to train technicians and engineers, matching the demands of the private sector. Additionally, in November 2022, Prime Minister Patrick Achi launched the third phase of a youth employment and skills development project aimed at 100,000 young people, reported AllAfrica. — Compiled by Jane Marshall.

This article is drawn from local media. University World News cannot vouch for the accuracy of the original reports.