Literacy and Accelerated Vocational Training for young people and adolescents in the Metuge District
"My dream is to return to Quissanga, open a carpentry shop and teach other young people in my community."
Metuge, Cabo Delgado – “I've learned a lot of new things and I hope to one day return to my community in Quissanga as soon as the situation becomes better,” said Ricardo Alberto, 24 years old, who currently lives in the host community of Nicavaco, in Metuge District, after being displaced from his community in the northern district of Cabo Delgado Province, due to the insurgency perpetrated by non-state armed groups.
Poverty, illiteracy, and high unemployment rates among young people have been identified as risk factors with great potential for young people to be recruited by terrorist groups. As a way of responding to this scenario, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with support from the European Union, has been implementing a literacy and vocational training initiative for young people and adolescents in the Metuge District, with particular attention to the host communities. "I'm very happy to have taken part in this course. The young people in this community have welcomed me and we've made strong friendships,” said Ricardo, who benefited from the carpentry course, and is one of the 200 young people who have graduated from different centres.
I'm very happy to have taken part in this course. I've learned a lot of new things and I hope to one day return to my community and open my own carpentry shop and produce household objects to sell.
The aim of this initiative is to provide young people with a space for interaction, learning, and the acquisition of life and professional skills so that young people can make healthy choices and reduce the potential for them to join armed groups.
“When I arrive in Quissanga, I'm going to open my own carpentry shop and produce household objects to sell. I'm also going to gather other young boys and girls to work with me and I will help them to earn some money so that they are able to support themselves and their families,” concluded Ricardo.