Aswan, the third biggest city in Egypt, is a busy market and tourist centre on the east bank of the Nile River. But while opportunities exist, there is a large disconnect between training that is available and the skills and products in demand in an Egypt that is both quickly modernizing and grappling with the challenge of climate change. For Aswan’s youth, this often leads to unemployment, with limited opportunities to enter the job market.
The Aswan Skills Development Program is making these economic opportunities more accessible to youth in Egypt. In partnership with Seneca College in Toronto, the program is strengthening the quality and range of training, support programs, and employment services available to young women and men in the region.
As part of the program, an entrepreneurial pitch competition was held in 2019, supporting young business talent in the region. This World Environment Day, we want to share some messages from some of the semi-finalists: