Vocational Training

As in many developing countries, institutions for vocational training are rare in East-Africa. Furthermore, basic and middle level vocational training is often not valued high although there is urgent need for skilled workers at this level. In addition, girls and young women are often excluded from vocational training since they are expected to found a family as early as possible or to support their primary family. That is why we see vocational training in particular for girls and young women as an outstanding objective of our foundation.

Since ten years we yearly support three young women in Zanzibar with scholarships for three to four years full-time vocational training in Colleges of Zanzibar with high reputation or at SUZA (Zanzibar State University), each with 1,100 Euro per year (see the profiles of the current scholars in Scholars Voice). These schools ask for high fees, which have to be complemented by resources financing costs for accommodation, examinations and textbooks. The scholars are selected by a 7-heads committee consisting of representatives of Jambiani village and advised by a former CDF-student. All scholars committed themselves to work in this community after their graduation or to contribute to the community in one way or the other. Since the start of the project, five scholars have already finished their Diploma and got a job or the chance of further education. In 2020, a sixth scholar finished her diploma study in medicine with excellent results: a seventh scholar started to study journalism (see Actual and Profiles).