This Is How Students Become Agents of Change in Mozambique
We are very excited that 81 young people have returned to our Young Africa Agritech Centre in Dondo, Mozambique, after their Christmas break. The group, which consists of 40 boys and 41 girls, study different trades, such as: Agriculture (crop production and animal husbandry), Civil Construction, Electrical installation, Refrigeration, Garment Making, Early Childhood Development, Bicycle Repairs and Catering.
Young Africa sees young people as agents of change and peace advocates within their communities. Through the European Union funded YP3 project, we offer training to 706 students that were heavily affected by Cyclone Idai and by civil war conflicts across various areas in Mozambique. Students from different socio-economically and vulnerable households are empowered to become engaged for peacebuilding in their communities. Besides technical and vocational training, they receive psycho-social support, form peace clubs and carry out awareness raising activities on COVID-19 in their community.
Our group of young interns is going for it! Thirty students went into their attachments where they put to practice what they learned during their training in, among others, farm mechanics, horticulture and agro book keeping.
They will start as ‘Agripreneurs’ in different companies and surrounding farms at the IAC Centre in Chimoio. The other thirty have started their incubation in poultry production, piggery and goat rearing, while becoming the Mozambican farmers of the future!
Check out our Peace Clubs: where young people from challenging backgrounds are offered fun and relaxing platforms to engage with peers. Through drama, sports and other activities they forget the challenges they deal with in their daily lives.