Training young women in Zambia
Offering young, single mothers a perspective
In cooperation with "SOS Children's Villages Worldwide", the current educational project of the BayWa Foundation in Zambia in southern Africa has been developed. The rate of child marriages here is above average. Over 40 percent of the girls are married before their 18th birthday. Many of them have children already in their teens, have to drop out of school or have no completed vocational training. If they cannot count on the support of their husband or family, they usually get into great difficulty.
Education against Child Poverty
The BayWa Foundation helps with a practice-oriented vocational training at the SOS Vocational Training Centre in Lusaka. In addition to education, the support comprises special training courses for later independence, literacy courses as well as the school and out-of-school care of the children during the training measures. The young women are enabled to earn their own living for themselves and their children and to lead a self-determined life. They will also be given rapid access to education and health care. In addition to vocational subjects, general topics such as human rights, disability, HIV/AIDS or gender equality are also covered in class.
Enabling Full Concentration
During their training, the young mothers have the opportunity to consign their children in the care of educators in the SOS Children's Village Lusaka. The little ones are well looked after and the mothers can concentrate fully on their education. Even after graduation, they can continue to have their children looked after in order to pursue their careers and provide for their families independently.