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AFD and the European Union in support to Youth employment in Lebanon

  • More than 20 percent of youth in Lebanon is unemployed, and more than 40 percent of educated young people leave the country within five years after graduation. Lebanon, like many countries in the Mediterranean, suffers a severe mismatch of skills between demands of the market place and low quality of vocational education and training. Entrepreneurship education is limited to a few schools and universities, leaving most of the youth with little option but to emigrate to find work.


    On 22 and 23 September 2014 in Beirut the French Agency for Development (AFD), European Training Foundation (ETF) and CMI, in partnership with the EU delegation in Lebanon, held a workshop entitled “Youth employability in Lebanon: the role of vocational education and training and entrepreneurship”. The event was hosted by the Social and Economic Council.


    The workshop brought together a broad range of some 60 representatives and experts from the ministries of education and labour, private businesses, international agencies, academia, young entrepreneurs and civil society organizations.


    The workshop was an opportunity for lively and open discussions; it developed actionable recommendations for the reform of the vocational and technical education system and promotion of entrepreneurship as a strategy for job creation.


    The participants agreed that it’s crucial to make education more responsive to the expectations of the market place. This includes engagement of social partners e.g. through development of Public-Private Partnerships, revising the content of training programs, introduction of practical assignments, traineeships or apprenticeships, as well as enhancing teacher training programs. Ministry of Education and Higher Education should consider adopting a new entrepreneurship component in public curricula and develop a policy that incentivizes young entrepreneurs through an enabling environment for their successes.