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Enhancing livelihoods and entrepreneurship skills of vulnerable Youth in the West Bank & Gaza Strip

Enhancing livelihoods and entrepreneurship skills of vulnerable Youth in the West Bank & Gaza Strip

Full title of the project:

Enhancing livelihoods and entrepreneurship skills of vulnerable Youth through Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools in the West Bank

Target areas:

Nablus, Tulkarm, Hebron and Bethlehem.

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 315 000
Implementation:
01/12/2009-30/11/2010
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/910/NOR
Objective:

To improve the food security and livelihoods of the project’s participants and their households, and to provide them with increased opportunities to generate income and future employment in the agro-business sector.

Key partners:

Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Youth Development Association, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, women’s associations, village councils and local schools.

Beneficiaries reached:

300 students, 20 facilitators and ten local women’s associations.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided training to 20 facilitators in agricultural and life skills for use with students in the Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLSs).
  • Provided each of the ten schools with agricultural tools, drip irrigation system, water tank, shed, vegetable seeds (potato, onion, spinach and lettuce), a computer, computer desk, printer and camera.
  • Conducted two lessons per week for ten weeks following the JFFLS curriculum, including garden crop cultivation and life skills.
  • Provided 40 sheep to 90 students who had joined three youth clubs.
  • Conducted ten workshops to agricultural projects and colleges for all 300 students.
Impact:
  • The JFFLSs led to increases in the students’ overall school attendance and academic performance.
  • The project improved students’ knowledge in agricultural skills, nutrition, the environment, and agricultural pests and animal diseases.
  • The sheep distributed under the project have, thus far, produced 30 lambs, which will be sold for profits to be used to sustain the livestock activities.