ICT for Employment of Youth in Ain El-Sira

7/1/2015 ~ 11/1/2015



25-50000 LE Bracket B

This project is expected to contribute to the alleviation of poverty through increasing the employability of the graduated trainees who will have the chance to find decent job opportunities to sustain their living and generate a fixed income for their families. According to a Labor Market Assessment done by AYB-SD, results show that employers are keener on hiring calibers that possess soft skills and basic awareness of technical skills. Also according to CAPMAS the unemployment rate reported in 2013 was 13.2. While youth with intermediate level of education (high school and vocational diplomas) represent 24% of the labor force and a whopping 55% of the unemployed, their market demand does not exceed 4%. Through this project, AYB-SD will provide this category of potential employees with the needed basic ICT skills and entrepreneurial skills in order to enable them to either find themselves alternative employment opportunities by being self-employed or to enhance their technological skills to be more likely to be employed in reputable job opportunities in formal work. The project will serve a wide segment of beneficiaries that has not been approached before and who are considered the most underprivileged as they may have fine educational certifications but lack the skills to be more attractive to employers or to find themselves alternative opportunities. The project is expected to empower them to be able to do this in an efficient and effective manner. The project will result in graduating 120 qualified entrepreneurs who are able to use ICT techniques to start up their projects each month, besides 60 qualified ICT CISCO certified trainees on ICT basics that they would need to have access to more decent job opportunities. By the end of the first year, the project will result in 2160 CISCO certified trainees and will have enough funds to sustain the operations of the training center to serve more beneficiaries.

This project aims at establishing a fixed computer learning center at the heart of the impoverished area of Ain El-Sira in Misr Al-Qadima. The center will provide youth and women of the area with cutting-edge training courses provided by the reputable telecommunications systems corporation "CISCO Systems, Inc." through their CISCO Networking Academy which will train two of the local computer trainers from Ain El-Sira to deliver the training courses to approximately 2150 other trainee only during the first year of operations. The training Course will be divided into two main modules: (1) IT Essentials, (2) Entrepreneurial Skills. The training courses are expected to increase the employability of the trainees whether in formal employment opportunities or self-employment opportunities since trainees will be introduced to the essentials of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the first module of the training and during the entrepreneurial skills training, trainees will be trained on how to use the advantages of ICT to start and sustain their income-generating project. Training courses will be paid on installments with an affordable rate to the trainees so that they would be committed to attending the training courses and in order to rerun the operations of the center for the following years. All trainees will be provided by CISCO certificates when they finish the training course. AYB-SD will establish the training center and manage the whole project, while the equipment (laptops and desktops) will be provided by CIL and the training curriculum by CISCO Networking Academy. If awarded the prize, AYB-SD will use the amount of the award as a seed fund to run the operations of the first three months of the project.
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Vision: Our aspiration is to create an economically independent society and promote youth engagement in sustainable development through creating innovative models applicable on a regional level. Mission: AYB-SD is committed to the economic empowerment of underprivileged communities. The organization offers training, personal coaching, formal employment opportunities, and loans, while striving to promote volunteerism in community development and fostering private and public partnerships. History: “Alashanek Ya Balady” Association for Sustainable Development (AYB-SD) is one of the most innovative, dynamic and successful youth NGOs in Egypt. It was first established as a student club at the American University in Cairo back in 2002 to promote the concept of volunteerism among Egyptian youth and to introduce them to “development” as a wider domain and a demonstration of collective social efforts combating poverty and complementing traditional charity. AYB-SD has been officially registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in 2005 with registration number 6135/05 and has been working ever since on solving the problem of unemployment and on the alleviation of poverty all over Egypt. AYB’s main target groups are the underprivileged, who constitute more than 44% of the Egyptian population. This segment of society had long been radically marginalized and impoverished, and AYB’s mandate is to empower them economically and socially. From its inception, AYB has distinguished itself through its commitment to promoting the rights of marginalized communities and challenging traditional taboos and models. AYB-SD has developed its economic empowerment model in 2007 where various types of training were introduced, basing AYB-SD's services upon adaptation to market changes and industry researches and mapping. By 2009, AYB-SD was not only empowering beneficiaries, but introducing labor rights to employers as well. As the year 2010 began, AYB-SD started expanding its

Cairo Cairo, Misr El-Qadima Ain El-Sira   Poverty   Accepted

Project Milestone

Estimated vs Actual Milestone

Initial Venue Preparations: Preparing the venue of the training center with renovation works and furniture to be ready for hosting the trainees
Training Sessions for Trainers: Training of Trainers (TOT) provided by CISCO Networking Academy for the main two trainers of the training center
Official Launch of Operations: The beginning of the marketing and outreach campaign to announce the inauguration of the training center and the different training courses
Graduation of the first Batches: Graduation of 120 trainees from the first 6 batches of the Entrepreneurial Skills Training and 60 trainees from the first 2 batches of IT Essentials Training by the

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