Youth in rural communities to be helped to gain skills

2020-02-11 17:32:57

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. A USD2.75 million grant project to support vulnerable youth in rural Mongolia is under implementation in 25 soums of five aimags; Khovd, Zavkhan, Uvurkhangai, Gobisumber and Sukhbaatar aimags.  

Despite increased educational attainment in Mongolia, it is ranked at 130th out of 187 countries with its index of skilled labor force. Youth in rural areas face challenges entering the labor market due to limited job opportunities, as well as their lack of technical and socioemotional skills.

Therefore, the project funded by the Government of Japan under the Japan Social Development Fund and managed by the World Bank—aims to help youth in four soums of Sukhbaatar aimag gain the skills and competencies needed for success in education and in labor market.

With support from the World Bank, Save the Children Japan implements the project targeting at least 6,000 in-school and out-of-school rural youth. In addition, a small grant scheme will enable the youth who complete the course to apply the acquired skills in practice. Furthermore, the project will help strengthen the policy environment that supports entrepreneurship education through evidence-based advocacy and public outreach campaigns.