International Partnerships

Somalia: Empowering Girls in ICT

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In Somalia, the European Union aims to improve people's employability, in particular for women and girls like Ayaan Abdishakur, by increasing the offer of quality training in promising economic sectors, such as information and communication technology.

Through a comprehensive technical and vocational training programme, a broader range of occupational profiles is being developed with participation of the private sector, ensuring trainings are matched with labour-market demand.

When they see me fixing hard drives and desktops, they realise that women have a place in the ICT industry
- Ayaan Abdishakur.

Trainees are able to improve their income by connecting with employers through internships and work placements. A particular focus is on key labour-intensive sectors that drive development, such as information and communication technology, energy and infrastructure, which form the basis of economic activity.

The EU has contributed substantively to increasing the number of youth and adults having relevant technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Trainees also benefit from start-up grants and kits in order to start entrepreneurial activities and increase their business profits.

The EU support to the education and vocational training sector in Somalia is targeted at strengthening systems for the delivery of good-quality education and skills development. These interventions promote the provision of primary and secondary education, expanding vocational training opportunities, enhancing the capacity of teaching staff and education administrations, and developing a curriculum framework.