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ORT Liberia Literacy Training & Employment Program (LTEP)

Literacy Training & Employment Program (LTEP)

Liberia - Soros Open Society Foundations - 2012-2014

The ORT LTEP purpose is to create opportunities for young people to improve their lives by providing skills training that leads to sustainable incomes.

ORT will offer training in four counties (Bong, Lofa, Nimba and rural Montserrado) in more than thirty vocational skills areas supported by entrepreneurship skills development and mentoring.

During the project period of May 2012 to April 2014, ORT LTEP expects to:

  • Train at least 6,500 youths that are enrolled in evening literacy and numeracy classes that are supported by the USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project.
  • Train at least 4,000 out-of-school youths that attended accelerated learning classes supported by the USAID-funded Core Education Skills for Liberia's Youth (CESLY) project and that did not continue to junior high school.
  • Establish Centers for Skills Innovation in three counties where new skill areas may be tested, peer trainers can be trained by Master Trainers and successful income-generating innovations can be showcased.
  • Promote synergy between LTEP and other livelihoods development initiatives in Liberia in order to diffuse LTEP innovations. In this way other NGOs, government ministries and the private sector can consider replication and scaling up of promising new or rare skill areas, thereby increasing LTEP's impact.
  • Deliver almost 5 million training hours to more than 10,000 youths, of whom more than 50% will be female, benefitting about 54,000 people directly and indirectly.

ORT LTEP's vision is based on two pillars: 1) a commitment to deliver bankable skills to youths as rapidly as possible and to ensure that these skills lead to improved livelihoods; and 2) a commitment to spur innovation by offering Liberia's youth the chance to test new ideas, to try to make new products, to learn about new services and to learn to think creatively.

ORT's informal motto is that "Every problem is an opportunity for a creative mind." We are committed to giving meaning to this phrase by engaging as many Liberian youth as possible in developing their own problem-solving skills and then empowering them to translate their ideas into new livelihood sources.

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