PROJECT LAUNCH

2007

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My name is Kawthar, I am 17 years old and I live in Mkanssa. My father is a fruit seller and my mother takes care of the family, as we are 10 in the house. I chose the training in construction electricity as I really want to outdo myself. Everyone around me tells me I won’t succeed but I want to prove them wrong. I am very satisfied with the training as the level is good and the professors are capable and go into a lot of detail.

KAWTHAR

Young female student in her first year of training (CAP) at the Training Centre for Electrical Apprentices

Careers in industry, energy and maintenance (Seeds of Hope Program)

The ″Seeds of Hope″ program, specializing in the flourishing sectors of electricity, energy and maintenance, was launched in Lebanon in 2007 in order to offer high quality training to unqualified young people and meet the needs of these growing sectors.

It is organized around three themes: the modernization of technical training, the creation of partnerships with enterprises and support for young people in their professional integration. It includes the updating of syllabuses with the integration of practical internships and specific training that allow students to acquire key competences, the renovation of facilities for new technologies, on-going training of trainers and the setting up of guidance and employment services for young people aged from 15 to 25 years. In order to follow changes in the labor market and support the energy transition, training modules in renewable energies (solar and photovoltaics) are becoming more common in all the countries, especially through the organization of contests and educational projects on the subject: young people find this very motivating and are witness to the modernization of the profession. Thanks to the permanent interaction with enterprises, these courses facilitate the long-term integration of young people into the economic dynamics of their country.

On the strength of the success of the ″Seeds of Hope″ program in Lebanon, the methodology was rolled out in Nigeria and Egypt in 2013, in Morocco in 2014, and in the Ivory Coast and Vietnam in 2016. The project’s positive impact results in the integration of young people into the world of work or the pursuit of higher education.

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2016 results:

  • 3,768 students trained or in training in partner schools in 2016.
  • 99 trainers trained in new technologies and educational techniques.
  • 27 educational partners, 12 in Lebanon, 3 in Morocco, 4 in Egypy, 3 in Nigeria and 2 in Vietnam.
  • More than 70 partner companies.