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Myanmar National Skills Development Network

Myanmar - Soros Open Society Foundations - 2012-2013

The Government of Myanmar is emerging from years of isolation, and is undertaking a positive series of political, economic and administrative reforms.

World ORT and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) conducted joint missions to Myanmar in 2012/2013 to evaluate the need for skills development reforms by introducing higher quality vocational skills into the labor force. It was concluded that there is a tremendous need for ORT involvement and technical assistance to specific areas in the country's Technical Education & Vocational Training (TEVT) sector. Myanmar would greatly benefit from ORT introducing new operational techniques to its skills development program utilizing a market-driven, decentralized and employer-based approach to program development and implementation.

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The MEGEMERIA School of Jewellery

Israel - the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Schoenbaum Family Foundation, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the Baron de Hirsch Fund - 2012-2013

The MEGEMERIA School of Jewellery is an example in the development of a 4th sector business model in Israel.

The business approach aims to achieve a social goal while establishing an income producing enterprise that can employ graduates and continue to train unemployed new Ethiopian immigrants.

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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.

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Saint François d'Assise Vocational School

Haiti - American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) - Mexican Alliance for Haiti - 2011-2013

The vocational education system for the youth population of Haiti had been suffering for many years, due to the same factors which afflict many of the country's institutions: severe lack of resources and equipment, allied to a lack of professionalism amongst administrators.

Weakened by lack of funds and infrastructure, the system finally collapsed on January 12, 2010, unable to withstand the devastation of the earthquake which hit the country.

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Master Craftsmen Training Project I & II

Mali - Lux-Development - 2011-2012

Mali has a large and rich experience in the transmission of crafts and professions. Its origins come from a traditional society in which acquiring practical skills is the only way of professional training. Within this society, learning has its cultural roots and is supported at all levels of social organization, family, clan, tribe, village, etc.

Knowledge and expertise are hand over to the next generation by mimicry. Production is essentially craft-type and evolution of knowledge and techniques are evolving slowly.

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War Affected Youth

Liberia - Soros Open Society Foundations - 2010-2012

No attention is paid to the tens of thousands of young Liberians who are locked in an unglamorous struggle to overcome the horror of a youth spent fighting two savage civil wars which raged between 1989 and 2003. As children they were forced into military service where they saw, and often did, unspeakable things.

Now that the West African country is enjoying relative peace and democracy under the continent's first female head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, these former combatants are trying to get the education they were denied in the hope of building a normal, decent life.

Thanks to a very generous $1 million grant by billionaire philanthropist George Soros's Open Society Foundations (OSF), World ORT's International Cooperation Department (ORT IC), which has been implementing non-sectarian aid programmes in developing countries for 50 years, is there to help them.

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African Region - West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) - 2010

Upon the request of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, three ORT experts made a study in eight of the Union's countries identifying the needs in Higher Education.

The study focused on the partnership between the Universities and governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Vocational Training

Namibia - UN-AMICAALL NAMIBIA, OPEC, ORT South Africa & USAID - 2003-2009

Following several consecutive missions in 2003, and 2004 to Namibia by the ORT IC representative in South Africa, the ORT - UN/AMICAALL (Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders Initiative for Community Action on HIV/AIDS at Local Level) partnership was established.

The partnership addresses ways that orphaned children, almost 50,000, can be empowered as active participants rather than victims. The project focuses on vocational training, linked with on the job skills training via partnerships with small and medium sized enterprises in a number of cities and towns.

The applications for funding were sent to OPEC, which has granted ORT $ 250,000. The project began September 2004. and ORT South Africa has been granted further funds for a four-year extension, from September 2005 - August 2009.

Environment Project

Guinea - IIZDVV & ORT - 2006-2008

This is a three-year project.

ORT Guinea has been selected to train producers in 5 villages around Mamou (300 kms from Conakry) in Environmental Studies in order to preserve natural resources in middle Guinea.

Vocational Training

Gabon - African Development Bank - 2006-2008

ORT is implementing a 2-year technical assistance project that aims to reinforce the system of vocational training in Gabon. The ORT team is working within the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training, which is responsible for the reinsertion of youth into the education system. The principal objectives of ORT specialists are:

  • Help reinforce educational administration;
  • Reinforce institutional capacity and links between universities;
  • Training of trainers and introduction of new technologies;
  • Strengthen project management;
  • Formulate a plan of action for human resources development in conformity with the national strategic plan for the reduction of poverty.

Carrefour Project

Guinea - FOGUIRED - 2005-2008

This project financed by the Italian Aid compensation funds, will last 2 years.

It aims at strengthening the population's capacities through the acquisition of new vocational knowledge and skills and the adoption of new technologies through the development of a vast network of exchange and partnership between people living in urban and rural areas.

This project will increase in incomes among the project beneficiaries, and create a strong mobilization of the populations around development activities.

HP Digital Village

South Africa - Hewlett Packard & Geneva Canton - 2002-2008

HP is financing the - Digital Village - program in the Dikhatole Community near Johannesburg.

The program is helping underserved communities participate in the digital age. Members of the community are learning computer, internet, accounting and business skills and more than 4,000 will be trained in the community by the time of the projects' completion.


D.R. Congo - African Development Bank - 2006-2007

ORT sent 12 experts to undertake three studies for the Ministry of Education:

  • feasibility study for implementing new structures within the modernization of secondary and university level education.
  • study on the problems faced by children and youth in difficult circumstances.
  • study on adapting vocational training for the needs of the country's labor market.

Enatef - National Forestry School

Guinea - Government of Guinea & SDC - 2001-2007

A National Forestry School (ENATEF) was established in Mamou with the support of Swiss Aid. The purpose of ENATEF is to train Forestry Technicians Agents in the field of rural development with widely varied roles.

More than 250 technicians have graduated and started to work in the private sector on internationally funded projects, the timber business in the forests of Guinea or in the private forestry business. 15,000 farmers have also been trained in forestry and market gardening.


Mauritania - African Development Bank - 2005-2006

This project was implemented, in partnership with AFACOR, Mauritanian Consultancy Office under the supervision of the Department of Administrative Affairs and Material of the MEN (Ministry for National Education).

ORT carried out a vast campaign of data collection on the assets of the Ministry for National Education, structures and institutions depending on the Ministry. ORT assessed the current situation in order to provide the MEN with a maintenance system.

Literacy Project

Guinea - IIZDVV - 2004-2006

This is an eighteen-month project which ORT Guinea is implementing at Dabola in middle Guinea.

The primary objective is to deliver basic education to local government officers, rural community leaders and farmers, in order to reinforce their capacities within community development activities.


D.R. Congo - World Bank - 2005

ORT was selected to develop a training plan designed to strengthen the capacities of the executive staff and agents of the COPIREP (Comité de Pilotage de la Réforme des Entreprises).

This unit was created within the framework of a vast program of reform and restructuring of State enterprises, which the government of the D.R. Congo has committed itself to carrying out in order to enhance competitiveness and thereby contributing to national economic growth.

Skills Development

Gambia - African Development Bank - 2003-2005

The African Development Bank has assigned an ORT Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for 18 months to the Community Skills Improvement Project (CSIP) of the Department of State for Local Government.

The CSIP targets women and out of school youths and provides functional literacy and income generation skills training and micro-credit facilities to at least 40,000 target beneficiaries.


Chad - SDC (Swiss Aid) - 1999-2005

ORT managed scholarship students and was responsible for the administration, financial control and accounting management of the funds as well as the educational follow-up of Chadian students in Senegal.

Twenty-five students attended long-term training courses in areas such as rural engineering, rural economics and agriculture.


Mauritania - World Bank - 2002

ORT conducted a feasibility study and reviewed training needs in preparation for

a training plan for the staff of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

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