The Mopti Regional Council is counting on educating young people - ACTIF
The Mopti region in central Mali has a relatively dense population, over 2 million inhabitants in 2009. This population has increased by over a third in the past ten years. Educational structures, schools as well as other State services, have already been struggling to deal with this demographic growth for several years. Since 2015, a crisis has further worsened the situation. Among other things, it has led to the closure of schools and a near absence of employment opportunities in some areas. The situation means that a substantial proportion of young people have no prospects for the future.
Facilitating working life integration for 3,000 young people
To bring this process to a halt and, more importantly, to build the future, the Mopti Regional Council has adopted a new regional development plan intended first and foremost for young people. Based on three cornerstones—education, training and integration—this plan has several components. It supports local authorities in their educational and training investment. This support comes both in the form of technical advice and funding. The overall goal is to put in place a dense network of schools and training centers forming the basis of a real and ambitious education and training policy. Another component will see the project facilitate economic and social integration for 3,000 young people, including at least 40% women, by supporting them along a pathway to strengthen their skills. This aid comes in a very tangible form: literacy modules and support towards employment in sectors with potential for the region.
To ensure the success and continuity of this plan, the Regional Council is implementing its actions across several fields. In educational terms, the pedagogical skills of teachers and the operational capacities of teacher training institutes will be reinforced. The goal is to reduce the risk of pupils dropping out and leaving school. The local authorities will also be made aware of the challenges faced. Finally, in voluntary terms, actions to facilitate integration, such as training for growth occupations, will be implemented with the assistance of a consortium of NGOs, which will work hand in hand with the authorities. The ACTIF project, which is already under way, is laying the foundations for a forward-looking Malian society.
Photo credit : Youness Med Dowgui – AFD