Implementing organisations

Fondation Terre des Hommes Lausanne - WakatLab

Period of implementation

06/2020 – 03/2023
Digital tools Digital skills
Country Burkina-Faso
Sector Education – Training
Budget 350.000  €
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What is the project aiming to achieve?

Young people in the region of Plateau Central have no access to education and livelihoods means. Access to formal education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities is low. Young people have few theoretical skills, but strong manual skills; however, they are unable to transfer their skills to the digital domain.

44% of young people are out of school and face barriers to entering school due to their lack of literacy. Access to the labour market and to self-employment is limited due to the lack of skills of young people and the underdevelopment of the labour and credit markets. The lack of digital skills exacerbates existing problems and also limits young people's access to wider digital job opportunities.

This project uses a digital manufacturing approach (the FabLab) to help young people access education and employment. The FabLab builds on existing manual skills among young people to teach literacy and digital culture, support enrolment in formal education and develop skills in entrepreneurship.

Digital component

FabLabs are: (1) physical locations with equipment to digitally produce, (2) community and innovation hubs, (3) links between entrepreneurs and innovators with more than 1,500 laboratories worldwide.

The benefits of the Fablab approach:

  1. Increase in digital literacy: for young people who do not have access to formal education, but who have strong manual skills, the FabLAb supports them in gaining digital skills while acquiring literacy skills and scanning.
  2. Increase in employability and entrepreneurship. FabLabs provide skills that can directly support employability. They are creative spaces that support problem solving and entrepreneurship.
  3. Increased capacity to adapt to local needs. Users have the possibility of accessing the network and resources of the Lab to build their own solutions adapted to their problems (Ex: in the context of adaptation to COVID-19 for the manufacture of protective equipment)