November 12, 2019
By Frederick V Kanneh
BRAC Sierra Leone in collaboration with FHI 360 and Novo Foundation has on Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 launched the labour market assessment result at the Hotel Barmoi Conference Hall in Freetown.
In her presentation, Regional Advisor for Youth Empowerment for BRAC USA, Carrie Ellet, stated that the report presents information and ideas to inform adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) livelihood development and identifies programming opportunities that can be used wildly to support programming goals for the said population, as well as helps Adolescent Boys and Young Men (ABYM), families, and community to thrive.
She added that, the report would also identifies employment opportunities and challenges facing AGYW in Sierra Leone and will inform BRAC Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) economic empowerment strategies, adding that it also provides overview of BRAC ELA participants, the education and training contexts they engage in, the economic context in which they operate, and programme opportunities that could leverage to improve their employment or entrepreneurial outcomes.
“Moreover, this report is intended to benefit all development partners and actors in Sierra Leone that are concerned with improving programming for Adolescent Girls and Young Women and empower them to access better and stable employment,” she said.
Prior to the formal launch of the report, Commissioner from the Ministry of Labour who doubles as the guest of honour, John Kallon, said the BRAC,s Empowerment and Livelihood of the Adolescent programme in Sierra Leone has been in operation since 2012, although it was temporally paused to allow for a review and analysis of lively orientated activities.
He continued that, FHI360 was contacted by BRAC USA to support a review of Sierra Leone context to better understand the economic operations and challenges for adolescent girls and young women in the country.
“This report will serve as a map to the government of Sierra Leone through the labour ministry for employment opportunities and challenges facing Adolescent Girls and Young Women,” he said.
Giving their testimonies as to how the BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihood of the adolescent programme in Sierra Leone has positively impacted their livelihoods, beneficiaries from different parts of the countries testified that, their lives before the intervention of BRAC Sierra Leone were horrible as compared to now, adding that they wished to see more empowerment programmes from same in the future