On the occasion of World Youth Day: Amirhossein’s story on skill learning through UNICEF’s support

Since their establishment in 2021, UNICEF-supported Adolescent and Youth Empowerment Centres (AYEC) have served 1395 adolescents and youth by providing technical and vocational training as well as innovative skill-learning programmes.

12 August 2023
امیرحسین
UNICEF Iran

My father wanted me to become a greengrocer like himself and work in the fields. However, I preferred to engage in the technical field like repairs, especially computer and mobile maintenance.” Says Amirhossein, an 18-year-old boy from Kermanshah.

He was acquainted with the UNICEF-supported Adolescent and Youth Empowerment Centre (AYEC) through a friend. Along with receiving counselling services, Amirhossein took a mobile maintenance training course in the centre. “After obtaining my second-class degree in vocational training, I was referred to a mobile maintenance office by the AYEC personnel to do an internship, ”says Amirhossein adding,” It is not paid yet,but they provide my commuting allowance. It is indeed an excellent opportunity for me to practice and gain experience. After my exams, I will resume my courses to obtain higher class degrees and be able to earn money using my maintenance skills.” Amirhossein believes that the AYEC centre help him to pursue his passion and career.  Amirhossein believes if he had not known the UNICEF centre, he would not have found his passion for this career. “Everyone at the centre was so kind and friendly, and this encouraged me to continue my courses.”

With the help of UNICEF, two AYECs were established as pilot in Kermanshah and Isfahan by NGOs working with the Ministry of Sports and Youth (MOSY) in 2021. These centres were designed to support vulnerable young adolescents and youth by providing technical and vocational training as well as innovative skill-learning programmes. As part of the support, adolescents and youth are offered entrepreneurship programmes in the relevant private sector for a smooth transition from ‘Learning to Earning.’ Since their establishment in 2021, the two centres have served 1395 adolescents and youth.

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