Youth Upskilling in Edo State

According to estimates by the 2018 Edo State Ministry of Health, “30% of adolescents aged 12-15 years and 50% of adolescents aged 16-19 years are out of school”. These shocking statistics reveal the high rate of persons, particularly females, who are likely to fall victim to sex trafficking and exploitation. Drivers of the high rate of unsafe migration have been attributed to the high unemployment, economic downturn, insecurity, and political unrest, each of which contributes to high rates of both internal and external migration.

In response to this challenge, SOS Children’s Villages is working with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Edo Skills Development Agency (EDOJOBS) to implement the skills development for youth employment project funded by German Incorporation (GIZ) and Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SCDC). In Edo State Nigeria, we have empowered 336 young persons in Usen, Uromi, and Auchi, on the platform of our GIZ-funded project –Skills Development for Youth Employment, SKYE. These young persons have been trained in business development, branding, and digital skills, marketing and some also got the opportunities to gain further mastery of skills they already acquired.

Business support items for participants


The training program was conducted using an interactive approach, which enabled participants to engage actively in the learning process. This approach involved hands-on exercises, group discussions, and practical applications to facilitate active learning and enhance participants’ retention of the information. Some participants from the entrepreneurship training went through business incubation. The incubation focused on techniques to grow their business and help implement their business ideas. 30 businesses registered with Corporate Affairs Commission and 100 participants wrote their business plans.

Participants picking up their business support materials

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