Learning to Earning Digital Youth Solutions (LEDYS)
By 2030, marginalized youth in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) will benefit from better earning opportunities. LEDYS will contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular: 1) No Poverty; 4) Quality Education; 5) Gender Equality; 8) Decent Work and Economic Growth; and 10) Reduced Inequalities.
LEDYS outcome is threefold:
1.0 Stakeholders have increased capacities to support recognition of informal skills training in the labour market in the region (e.g. credentials, micro-crediting, verifications, and certifications).
2.0 Stakeholders have increased capacities to provide scalable digital/blended learning and earning opportunities for the marginalised youth.
3.0 Youth have increased access to pathways for skills development, including work-based learning opportunities within at least 2 sectors (green, technology and other to be decided, as appropriate).
The outputs of LEDYS are:
1.0 Stakeholders have access to a compendium of evidence on existing and effective credentialing systems.
2.0 Stakeholders have access to evidence on digital/blended learning and earning solutions for marginalised youth.
3.0 Learning to earning pathways are established, with an ecosystem of supply & demand partners.
LEDYS will work with 70,100 youth (aged 15-24 years old), focusing on the most marginalised from Burundi, South Africa and Uganda in ESA. A consortium of partners (key stakeholders from the public and private sector) across the region include, but are not limited to: UNICEF Country Offices, GIZ, University partners, research institutions, the private sector, Goodwall, African Coding Network, Umuzi and Shujaaz Inc.
LEDYS theoretical activities include: research, guidance, case studies and strategies. Practical activities include: applied research-testing/piloting, training, and job-matching.
Adolescents and young people make up a quarter of the population in ESA and are projected to increase from 257 million to half a billion by 2050. While on- and off-line youth skilling/employability initiatives have burgeoned in ESA, a significant shortage of viable and quality “learning to earning” opportunities for youth exist. This is especially true for the most marginalised: displaced youth, adolescent girls and young women, out of school/work youth and youth with disabilities.