Upon visiting two EDC projects and another project for Somalis, the United States Agency for International Development's Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa is "thrilled to see what USAID and the Somali people have achieved together".
Young women and men in Garowe, Somalia, are acquiring the skills to get jobs and "contribute to the well-being of the community". IRIN profiles one of EDC's many local partners in Shaqodoon, the Somalia Youth Livelihood Program.
When technology is paired with proven education methods to increase quality and the numbers of youth reached, amazing things can happen. Shaqodoon (Somali for ‘Job Seekers’), a project funded by USAID and implemented by Education Development Center, has developed three groundbreaking new products to reach youth using mobile phones.
Last summer, in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Abdullah, 22, received a life-changing note—by way of a text message. A local government internship was available, read the young man who’d never had a job. “I went straight to the nearest Internet café and applied for the internship,” recalls Abdullah.