US rolls out P1.9-B project for Filipino out-of-school youth

MANILA – Washington, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched a P1.9-billion US government project to support at least 180,000 out-of-school Filipino youth across the country.

Under the five-year Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth project, USAID will partner with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in providing relevant education and employability skills to the program’s youth-beneficiaries.

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

Under the program, USAID will also partner with 12 cities in the country to set up Youth Development Alliances, which will mobilize resources to help their out-of-school youth. The program will also partner with over 2,200 employers and at least 50 education or training institutions, including major hubs like Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Davao.

The implementation of the program will be led by the US-based Education Development Center, with partners Accenture, Philippine Business for Education, Catholic Relief Services, Voluntary Services Overseas, and SEAMEO-Innotech.

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