Launch of the Sport for Employability Manual
After several trainings with Palestinian coaches in using football to teach employability skills and feedback from the field work with youth all over the West Bank, the knowledge and experience was gathered in one manual. The Palestinian Ministry of Labour and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) celebrated on Monday, August 29th 2016 the launch of the Sport for Employability Manual “Kicking Youth Competences” at the facilities of Orthodox Ramallah Sports Club. This manual demonstrates the joint efforts exerted by local and international expertise to support employability of young people in Palestine through sports.
The vice Minister of Labour, Mr. Mamoun Abu Shahla, inaugurated the event saying “Such manual is not only important for its positive impact on the development of youth personal and social competences, but also as it is an attractive tool for working with disadvantaged youth and promoting the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, leading to better matching with the labour market needs”. Whereas Mrs. Rachel Folz, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Germany added that “Germany is keen to support such innovative approaches to work with youth in Palestine and provide new tools to increase employability”.
The manual ”Kicking Youth Competences” was developed by the German Football Association (DFB) and GIZ, who gathered their experience and shared it with the Ministry of Labour, Al-Quds University and Palestine Sports for Life NGO to develop a practical manual that teaches employability skills to youth through sport.
It is designed to be used by anybody who works with youth, e.g. vocational counsellors, teachers and social workers. Organisations who work in this field were invited during the event to participate in the next round of “Training of Trainers” in the Sport for Employability approach. It will take place in the form of two 3-day workshops in October and November 2016.
Representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, universities, vocational training centers, NGOs, and international organisations attended the event. It closed with live-performed exercises that were presented by Palestinian students, who were trained by coaches from Palestine Sports for Life NGO and participated in the “Sport for Employability” programmes of German Development Cooperation.
GIZ has been implementing Sport for Development activities in the Palestinian territories since late 2014 on behalf of the BMZ. Sport in this context has the role of making vocational education more attractive, and by doing so it also supports German Development Cooperation’s vocational training programmes. When used correctly, sport can be a means to teach personal and social competences (soft skills) such as teamwork, communication and decision-making – aspects that are fundamental in developing a career.
Manual available for download
Pedagogical sport programmes help to motivate young people to choose a vocational education. ©GIZ/Ashraf Dowani
Girls and boys have the opportunity to try out different skilled trades in programmes supported by German development cooperation. ©GIZ/Ashraf Dowani