In a report by the International Labor Organization published in 2016, the youth population in Africa is expected to double to over 830 million by 2050. Considering that Africa will have the largest labor force in the world in the next two decades, it is imperative that conflict-affected and all youth on the continent receive an education that prepares them to meet employment requirements and with the mindset to create jobs for others. We do take into account that only 1% of refugees receive the chance to attend university, and so, we train our students in leadership and entrepreneurship. Right from the time our students join primary school, we engage them in extracurricular activities that changes the way they interpret challenges around them. By the time our students go to University, they inventors, community leaders, locally successful entrepreneurial leaders ready to change the world. Our other job readiness trainings and vocational schools will be critical to ensure all primary and secondary graduates are ready to transition into the realm of work.
CIYOTA started secondary school in 2008 and the first group of 15 students completed secondary school. But it was not until 2013 when the organization managed to send students to university because university education cost, high competition in English country without scholarships for those from low income with average grades. CIYOTA networks with Universities and other stakeholders to support high school graduates to transition to tertiary education opportunities that prepare students to return Africa to drive a lasting transformation for Africa. About 30 CIYOTA students who completed high school through CIYOTA are currently studying in universities to become engineers, social workers, scientists, teachers and so on. Today CIYOTA provides extra English classes and other University preparation course to high school graduates to enable students from low incomes families to compete at the world universities where MasterCard sends students.