Adolescents in Boarding Schools Develop Skills to Find Jobs as Part of a UNICEF and Ministry of Education Cooperation

09 May 2024
Young Students in a boarding school in Iran
IRNA

Principals of Upper Secondary Boarding Schools from 10 provinces attended a workshop with UNICEF support which enhanced their capacities on skill development for adolescent students to help them find a decent job after school as part of a UNICEF and Ministry of Education cooperation.

The workshop, which was held in Sanandaj, from 27 to 30 April was aimed at building the capacity of 90 Upper Secondary Boarding School Principals from 10 provinces of Kurdrestan, Kermanshah, Hamedan, Ilam, Zanjan, Markazi, Qazvin, Ardebil, West and East Azerbaijan towards skill development for students at these schools in rural and remote regions.

The training equips school principals with the necessary expertise to support the students in cultivating their problem-solving abilities, teamwork capabilities, and self-assurance. This series of workshops marks the initial phase that will span across all provinces throughout the year.

Upon finishing the current series of workshops, UNICEF will focus on supporting the Boarding Schools on enhancing students’ access to transferable skills such as digital literacy and entrepreneurship to prepare the adolescents for a smooth transition from learning to earning through alternative learning pathways.

UNICEF collaboration with the Ministry of Education focuses on adolescents in boarding schools, which are secondary schools in disadvantaged parts of the country. These are public schools that serve children from several villages and small towns who do not have access to secondary schools in their vicinity, and in some cases homeless children from cities. Children in these schools usually come from disadvantaged backgrounds and boarding schools are their only venue for access to education. Students usually live in the school for 5 days of the week and go back to their families for the weekend. Across the country, there are 1019 lower secondary boarding schools serving approximately 130,000 students, and 1155 upper secondary boarding schools serving about 170,000 students.

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