Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced Monday that Canada will provide $16.95 million in funding over 7 years to Éducation Internationale [international education] to improve the vocational training offered to young men and women in Benin and to improve the services they are offered for their professional integration in sectors considered economically promising.
Specifically, this initiative will help reduce the multiple barriers that youths, particularly women and girls, face before, during and after their vocational training that reduce their employment opportunities. The project will also facilitate their integration into the labour market, particularly in non-traditional and green jobs, according to a press release.
This project is aligned with Benin’s various priorities, including the National Policy for the Promotion of Gender and the National Strategy for Strengthening Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Support Green, Low Emissions and Climate-Resilient Development. It will contribute to strengthening Benin’s vocational training and apprenticeship system to achieve the country’s socio-economic development objectives.
“This initiative presents a great opportunity for youth, particularly women and girls, to acquire the critical knowledge and skills needed to face employment barriers. Entering the workforce is an essential building block in creating a meaningful life in which one can contribute to their community,” the minister said.