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13 February 2019

World Vision and Citi Foundation co-host meeting to build partnership of youth vocational skills development (Read in Thai)


World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has collaborated with Citi Foundation to drive forwards Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme, Year 3 by organising an event to meet with partners to jointly build youth vocational skills promotion and development. The event has been attended by representatives from varied agencies in Bangkok Metropolitan Area, including district offices, Office of the Non-formal and Informal Education (ONIE), schools, colleges, universities, Vocational Training Centre Bangkok, youth centres and vocational training institutes.


Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, WVFT National Director, has revealed that the meeting is meant to introduce the Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme to different agencies, as well as to build a coalition with relevant organisatons, to ensure the project’s reach to targeted youth groups in Bangkok and Metropolitan Area who have vulnerabilities, lack opportunities, or face life limitations, in order to equip them with development assets, especially occupational skill development and readiness to generate sufficient income to promote their self-support. The project involves youth life skill training with the adaption of Youth Ready For Work For Life, a module developed by World Vision International, which is contextualised to fit Thai adolescents. The project participants will conduct self-search to find their own areas of interest and take vocational courses based on their passions, as well as join apprentice or internship programme at actual business enterprises in the relevant fields. These activities will create youth readiness to enter employability or entrepreneurship in the career paths of their interest and expertise that are in line with the labour market demand. It has been 3 years since the Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme, implemented by WVFT, has continuously been supported by Citi Foundation.


“The target number of participants for this year’s project is 300 young people from the vulnerable group. To achieve this, WVFT needs to seek collaboration from local agencies to identify a guideline and method to reach the target group, as well as to promote the exchange of opinions, comments and innovative methods, which would benefit the project. It is a good sign for the 3rd year project as more than 80 agencies and organisations from all sectors have shown that they are aware of the importance of the project and ready to join hands to build the opportunity and future for these young people together.”


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The Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme is part of the development work to improve quality of life of children and youth, especially the most vulnerable, under the strategy to enable age-appropriate children’s quality of life development, which includes promotion of early childhood development for children 0-6 years, literacy enhancement for children 7-12 years and readiness building and empowerment for youth 13-24 years, to ensure that they will grow up to become productive citizens who will drive the nation forwards in the future.


The Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme, Year 3 is now accepting applications from youth who have an interest to join occupational training in various fields. Interested applicants may find further information from the project’s Facebook at https://bit.ly/2GawELZ or contact World Vision Foundation of Thailand, Tel 02-022 9200 extension number 538 (Khun Supansa), Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.