"I feel proud to be a graduate in a job I love," says Daniela. After completing a six-month heavy equipment training program, she is one of the 421 young girls trained in non-traditional jobs to graduate in front of a thousand people, on 11 June at the Historic “ Parc de la Canne a sucre”.
In colorful gowns, surrounded by their friends, families and teachers, the young girls are radiant and proud, confident in the promise of a new beginning.
Serious, they listen carefully to the recommendations and encouragement from Mr. Alexandre Abrantes, Special Envoy of the World Bank, Ms. Rose-Anne Auguste, Minister Delegate in Charge of Human Rights and the Fight against Extreme Poverty representative from the Secretariat for Professional Training (Institut National pour la Formation Professionnelle – INFP) .
An innovative training
This group of girls is the first cohort to graduate from the Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI), a World Bank program. The project will impact 1,000 young women. So far, only 10% of those who enrolled have dropped-out.
In partnership with community-based NGOs, training centers (public and private) and employers, the Haiti AGI provides technical training and soft skills development to vulnerable Haitian young women (17-21 years old) who are largely under-represented in formal labor markets.