350 Youth To Benefit From UNESCO-Led Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop Under Joint SDG Funded Project

PR – UNESCO is advancing a suite of capacity building actions in  Grenada – under the Joint SDG Funded, multi-agency project, “Resilient Caribbean: Engaging; Training  Youth, Strengthening Integrated SP Sector Delivery”.  

This Joint SDG Funded Project is also represented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the World Food Programme. It is being implemented in four Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, and St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop Open for Registration 

Grenadian youth, ages 18 to 35, have an opportunity to participate in a two-day in-person Youth  Entrepreneurship Workshop. The workshop, which will be held over a two-week period, will commence on  Feb. 12 and end on Feb. 23, 2024. It will target a maximum of 350 youth and aims to teach them how to  brainstorm, plan and pitch new ideas to customers. 

This engagement builds on a previous workshop held in February 2023, where 50 community youth leaders were successfully engaged in three days of training aimed at developing entrepreneurial  competencies with a focus on idea generation, developing a business plan and pitch. The participants deemed  it a most productive and impactful experience.  

Elon James, a Community Youth Associate and National Youth Ambassador attached to the then Ministry of  Education, Youth, Sports and Culture said, “The workshop allowed me to properly develop my business plan  writing skills. Today, I can assist every and any young person to properly write their business plan. I will  encourage and inspire every young person to get involved in UNESCO and all of their amazing programmes.” 

The workshop also provided networking opportunities and served as inspiration to continue to strive for greater  achievements. 

Bevon Chadel Charles, Founder of Akata Farms, said, “I have been very fortunate and I’m thankful to have  been part of this programme, because now I was able to meet like-minded youths as myself who are really  pushing the norm and this training has helped me to understand that, yes, I am on the career path.”  

Partnership for the Goals Through the Joint SDG Project  

Under this broad project, the UNESCO-led part of the “Resilient Caribbean: Grenadian Youth Empowered  for the Digital World of Work Programme” focuses on equipping TVET educators, youth leaders and youth  with emerging digital entrepreneurial skills required to increase national and regional productivity.  

In accordance with UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth – 2020 to 2029, the TVET mechanism in  Grenada will be further developed, specifically around addressing youth unemployment and supporting  transition from school to work, career guidance, qualifications, curriculum development, teacher training and  gender mainstreaming.  

Since the launch of the programme, the UNESCO Caribbean Office has trained more than 80 teachers and 130  youth through an eight-week training of TVET teachers in the Blackboard Academy’s Blended Learning and  Online Strategies Course, and the twelve-week ALEPH Digital Ad Expert Certification course for Grenadian  youth, which was officially launched for the first time in the Caribbean. The second cohort of Aleph youth  training is currently in progress for completion in February 2024. 

Youth interested in participating in the upcoming Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop are invited to sign up  via the REGISTRATION LINK below: https://forms.gle/SGU4BegActDcF8Ei9