It’s been a while since our first blog as we have been busy!
In February we travelled to Senegal to undertake a first local labour market and situation analysis. Together with our local partner Association Jeunesse Espoir we mapped out the vocational training on offer in the Saint-Louis region, explored the different sectors of activities, and met with key stakeholders including local community leaders, marabouts (Koranic teachers), women’s groups and government representatives. In Dakar we met with the Minister of Vocational Training, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, the British Ambassador, and many more.
In March we held the official launch of Aspyre Africa, which was kindly hosted by Bryan Cave LLP and attended by key supporters. In May we started our mapping of vocational training centres in Europe to look for potential partnerships. Our first stops were Belgium and France. Last but not least, we have recruited our first two trustees!
We are delighted with the support and encouragement we have received so far. All of these confirm that Aspyre Africa is truly responding to a gap in the charity sector and that the experience we have on the ground can really help us make a lasting difference to the lives of young people at risk in Senegal.
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