Meshwary -- Gives Hope to Youth in Egypt
CAIRO, 11 August 2018 -- Under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the International Youth Day 2018 through a celebration of â€œMeshwaryâ€ (My Journey) programme that promotes youth employability and empowerment.
9 per cent of the total population in Egypt is youth and will become members of Egypt's workforce. Unlocking social and economic opportunities to support their healthy transition into adulthood, as well as their employability to enter the job market becomes a critical priority.
Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, emphasizing the importance of equipping adolescents and youth with life, employability and entrepreneurship skills and to connect with the job market today, including those skills required by the private sector.
"The Ministry of Youth and Sports has a long-standing partnership with UNICEF that - among other areas of cooperation - focuses on skills development through the national programme "Meshwary" and the "Sports for Development" programme, by Dr. Sobhy. The Ministry's youth centers and collaborating with the private sector to provide adolescents and youth, capitalizes including those with disabilities, with continuous capacity building opportunities and career guidance.
UNICEF and USAID project to create am enabling environment for adolescents as part of Meshwary. The four-year project adopts the approach of providing adolescents and youth with skills development and social opportunities to become advocates of positive change within their communities, especially focusing on girls.
Egypt's Vision 2030 and Egypt's Women Empowerment Strategy 2030, as well as Egypt's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, it brings the capacity of Child Protection Committees (CPCs), the Child Helpline, lawyers' syndicate members, prosecutors, local lawyers, social workers and community outreach workers in addressing gender-based harmful practices such as FGM/C, will be enhanced.
"Today, on the International Youth Day, we are celebrating hopes, energies and dreams." by Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. The event witnessed the participation of 50 youth who presented an exhibition of business products and shared their experiences on skills development.