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Somalia: Empowering girls in ICT

In Somalia, the European Union aims to improve young people's employability, in particular for women and girls. To achieve this, there needs to be more quality training in promising economic sectors, such as information and communication technology.

A comprehensive technical and vocational training programme is offering a broader range of occupational profiles and collaborating with the private sector to ensure that trainings are matched with labour-market demand.

Ayaan Abdishakur has been studying ICT since primary school. She now has the opportunity to teach as part of her ICT vocational studies. Ayaan says that her classes are open to both young women and men but there are still very few young women in her classes. "For too long young women have been told that this industry is not suitable for them", she adds. Ayaan encourages young women to study computer sciences.

When they see me fixing hard drives and desktops, they realise that women have a place in the ICT industry

Ayaan Abdishakur.

Trainees are able to improve their income by connecting with employers through internships and work placements. A particular focus is on key labour-intensive sectors that drive development, such as information and communication technology, energy and infrastructure, which form the basis of economic activity.

The EU has contributed substantively to increasing the number of youth and adults having relevant technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Trainees also benefit from start-up grants and kits in order to start entrepreneurial activities and increase their business profits.

The EU support to the education and vocational training sector in Somalia is targeted at strengthening systems for the delivery of good-quality education and skills development. These interventions promote the provision of primary and secondary education, expanding vocational training opportunities, enhancing the capacity of teaching staff and education administrations, and developing a curriculum framework.