UN-HABITAT has started entrepreneurship training at four Youth Resource Centres in cities in East Africa. The first phase was a teaching programme in Nairobi 1-9 October to enable 16 new trainers take their new skills to each of the youth centres.
“Youth face many challenges in attaining a sustainable livelihood,” said the lead trainer, Ms. Melanda Schmid of the UN HABITAT partner International Centre for Sustainable Cities. “Entrepreneurship is one approach which can unlock their own potential, allowing them to improve their lives and communities.”
The entrepreneurship training includes a collaborative feedback process for the Centre representatives to have input into a Training of Trainers guide. This guide will be used by the Centres to help them in launching their Entrepreneurship. Each guide is equipped with in-depth training that has been developed and tested through the UN HABITAT Youth Empowerment Programme over the last three years. The guide also incorporates a business simulation activity designed by the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship.
“This training has given me the skills and knowledge to begin training youth in my country,” said Paddy Byangi Lutaaya, a volunteer trainer at the Kampala Youth Resource Centre. "The curriculum is exciting and fun -- it will really get youth engaged and thinking about entrepreneurship in a positive way."
This guide, along with other training manuals on evaluation, participatory planning and peacbuilding, will be launched at the fifth session of the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro in March 2010.