The non-governmental organization “Counterpart International” organized on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Bujumbura, a closing workshop of its project “Youth for peacebuilding in Burundi II”.
In his speech, the permanent secretary of the ministry in charge of youth recalled that this project has proved positive impacts on the lives of young people in particular and those of communities in general. He added that many young people have been trained and strengthened in entrepreneurship and in the development of entrepreneurial projects.
He has also said that this project has supported the implementation of the National Youth Policy, supporting young people in strengthening responsible citizenship and employability, as well as participating in good governance.
The project has helped to build the capacity of youth to keep them out of the conflict. Thus, 46 activities were organized in the intervention communes. The project offered 513 young people economic and social opportunities for constructive participation. They were trained in entrepreneurship and 513 business plans were developed and validated. In addition, 293 young people received financial credits for the implementation of the projects.
Hundreds of young people will be able to create jobs
According to the permanent secretary at the ministry in charge of youth, hundreds of young people have been able to create jobs; thousands of other young people have participated in dialogues and in community mobilization activities to reinforce social cohesion.
Therefore, the permanent secretary recommended to the Burundi government to commit to supporting the joint efforts of all the partners involved in the field of youth and to remain open to cooperate with organizations that value the national youth policy.
The project was successful
In turn, Mr. Joël Nibigira, Deputy Director at Counterpart International, stated that the project had started since July 2014 and was to end in 2017. After noting the success of the first project, the NGO decided to fund the second project that ends this year.
Nibigira praised the achievements of the project and acknowledged that young people have been able to create more profitable jobs and income-generating activities.
As a result, he thanked all the partners who contributed to making this project a success and also thanked the young people who succeeded in undertaking their projects.
Fredaine Hakizimana, one of the beneficiaries of this project who came from Mutaho commune in Gitega province (center), hailed the good benefits of this project, otherwise, it would be in a precarious situation, insofar as she had abandoned school, following an unwanted pregnancy.
The latter testifies that she has already started her own projects, thanks to helping from this project and thus asks other benefactors to help her, to increase her capital invested in breeding and cafeteria.
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