Hilary Ewang Ngide, Micro scale generational skill building to increase employability for marginalized youths within the city of Buea, Cameroon

For the past 9 years, Hilary Ewang Ngide has served as the Director of Programs at CCREAD-Cameroon, striving for the empowerment of marginalized and disadvantaged children, women, youth and indigenous people and communities of Beau, Cameroon. With undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in development work and environmental sustainability, Hilary is one of the development volunteers working hard to reduce the current youth unemployment rate.

More than 1,500 college and university graduates remain jobless in Cameroon as a result of little or no computer application skills. Over 64% of youth, especially those from extremely poor backgrounds, are surviving under the poverty line.

The project involves a free computer application training program for youth within the City of Buea. They will train 20 youth from age 17-28 in three shifts a day on basic computer application programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, internet, printing and scanning) for two months each for the next three years (2015-2019), training over 500 youth in total. Upon completion of the program, the trainees will add knowledge acquired/certificates to their regular school certificates to apply for jobs while others will be empowered to start ICT related micro businesses.