Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) grants UNICEF $4 million over two years to reach Syrian refugee youth with skills training and employment opportunities

01 August 2018

AMMAN, 1 August 2018 - The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) granted UNICEF in Jordan a new contribution of USD $4 million for the provision of technical and vocational training services linked to employment opportunities.

The new grant will be implemented during a two-year period, reaching 2,000 Syrian refugee youth (18-24 years), in refugee camps and host communities. The grant will support UNICEF’s ‘Amaluna’ programme, which equips vulnerable young people with accredited market-oriented vocational education and technical training to access employment.

Through partnerships with the private sector, the technical and vocational training programme better links skillsets acquired with the requirements of the labour market. Amaluna aims to connect graduated with meaningful and sustainable employment across Jordan. Additionally, youth in the Amaluna will gain entrepreneurship expertise and tools of value both in the private sector, and for those young people that decide to start their own businesses. ‘Amaluna’ currently targets 5,000 vulnerable youth in Jordan, half of them girls and women.

In Jordan, over 63 per cent of the population is under 30 years of age, with a youth unemployment rate that reaches 33 per cent. There are many reasons for the low rates of economic integration among young people, including the lack of job creation, the mismatch between youth’s skills and market demands, and the gender gap in employment opportunities, making prgorammes that target youth even more essential.

Previous support from KFAS supported the training of over 700 youth enrolled in technical and vocational programmes. Of those, over 200 students are now employed and are able to improve the wellbeing of their households, especially that 30% of Amaluna cohort class were the primary providers for their families.

“KFAS continues to support UNICEF’s work for vulnerable youth, and we are extremely grateful for that. Especially, that this contribution comes at a critical time when we are witnessing a funding gap for youth focused interventions,” said the Representative of UNICEF in Jordan, Robert Jenkins. “We continue striving to provide young people with opportunities to reach their full potential through learning, expanding their life choices, and improving their lives in terms of transitioning to livelihood opportunities.”

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector in the State of Kuwait. This contribution comes under the framework of the commitment of the State of Kuwait in the 2016 London Donors conference to provide support as part of the response plans to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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