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US kickstarts P1.9 billion program for Pinoy out-of-school youth

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched this week a P1.9 billion project for 180,000 out-of-school youth Filipinos.

The USAID said it would partner with 12 local government units nationwide for the resources for out-of-school youth, the US Embassy said in a statement.

“Through this new partnership, we can leverage a range of resources to maximize the potential of the Filipino youth, particularly those who are out-of-school or unemployed,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said in a tweet.

“With the right knowledge, attitudes, and skills, they will play a pivotal role in this great country’s growth and success over the long-term,” he added.

The USAID will also partner with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to improve the local system and ensure”relevant education, employability skills, and work experience.”

Over 2,200 employers and 50 training institutions in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao will also be consulted to help in the program for out-of-school youth.

The United States launched the program just as enrollment in the Philippines declined due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Philippines is set to use a blended learning scheme for the upcoming school year.

The program for the out-of-school youth is run by  US-based Education Development Center, in partnership with Accenture, Philippine Business for Education, Catholic Relief Services, Voluntary Services Overseas, and SEAMEO-Innotech.

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