USAID Supports  Million Youth Worker Development Program

USAID Supports $10 Million Youth Worker Development Program

September 23, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Public Education have officially launched the five-year, $10 million Uzbekistan Youth Employment Skills (YES) activity. The activity will increase the readiness and employability of young people by equipping youth in grades 8-11 with the necessary skills to enter the economy of Uzbekistan as competent workers or entrepreneurs. The activity will include school and after-school programs and will focus on the empowerment of young women and youth with disabilities, groups that are still understaffed and underrepresented in Uzbekistan’s economy.

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Paul Poletes stressed the importance of youth worker development, stating: “The US Government is proud to partner with the Department of Public Education to empower young people to take charge of their careers in their own hands. and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute successfully to the social and economic development of Uzbekistan.” USAID Mission Director Mikaela Meredith added: “The YES activity has a special focus on empowering girls and young people with disabilities. We know that women and young people with disabilities are severely underrepresented in the labor market and therefore an underutilized and untapped resource for Uzbekistan.”

USAID will develop and improve entrepreneurship and economics curricula and teaching practices by prioritizing practical, hands-on learning. The activity will involve regular cooperation with the private sector to ensure that the knowledge and skills that young people will acquire are relevant to Uzbekistan’s labor market. USAID also offers hands-on training opportunities, including internships, mentoring, and job shadowing. The activity is carried out by American

Councils for International Education, together with a consortium of local and international partners.

The launch event was attended by a variety of stakeholders, including government officials, private sector representatives, international organizations, local non-governmental organizations and various beneficiaries of the activity. A highlight of the ceremony were two young Uzbek entrepreneurs, Mr. Dilmurad Yusupov and Ms. Malika Sharipova, who shared their personal experiences in overcoming obstacles and becoming successful entrepreneurs. Both young business leaders talked about the potential of the YES activity to help Uzbekistan’s youth succeed in the job market and grow the economy as entrepreneurs.

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