WHY WORK IN ETHIOPIA WITH RURAL OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH?
Ethiopia is home to a young population – 64% of Ethiopians are under 24. The majority of these youth live in rural areas. Overall, 80% of Ethiopia’s population is rural. Agriculture in Ethiopia is the foundation of the nation’s economy. Rural youth in Ethiopia and around the world have aspirations and dreams of who they want to be in the future and within their communities. Out-of-school rural youth in Ethiopia have strong potential and many seek to work in the agricultural sector. However, coupled with limited socio-economic opportunities, many out-of-school rural youth also lack access to opportunities to build the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes as well as financial services that could support them to realize their dreams and to be agents of change.
KEY PROGRAM RESULTS
- 40% of youth are able to read with comprehension after Yia compared to 10% before YiA
- 76% of youth have high financial literacy skills after YiA compared to 12% before YiA
- 89% of youth own a business after YiA compared to 28% before YiA
- 92% of youth save money after YiA compared to 34% before YiA
REACH AND IMPACT
In Ethiopia, YiA reached 8887 youth (45% female), age 14-18, in rural communities in the Amhara region (Gidan, Gubalafto, Habru and Raya Kobo).
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