Celebrating the European year for youth, the European Union and partners launched today the EU funded Youth Empowerment Program at the Youth Village near Ramallah with young Palestinians, Palestinian Authority officials, and representatives of civil society organisations.
The Youth Empowerment Program is an EU initiative supports economic empowerment and promote socio-economic engagement of young Palestinians. The program consists of three main projects to be implemented by the Belgian development agency (Enabel), the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), and Sharek Youth Forum.
These projects expect to reach over 8000 young Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the next three years. They are designed to contribute to two main objectives: the first is to facilitate a stronger connection between skilled youth/promising entrepreneurs and the labour market through capacity development and entrepreneurship skills programmes, including internship, job placement and on-the-job coaching. The second is aimed at promoting youth socio-economic engagement of youth in the society through leadership programmes and the establishment of a Youth Advisory Panel for Palestine.
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