Skills help people get jobs and start businesses, and in developing countries, this is exceptionally important. However, it is difficult for aspiring workers in these countries to gain access to needed training and education.
The vocational schools that Planet Aid supports cater to young men and women from rural areas who are eager to make a better life for themselves. The students are trained in a variety of subjects, which include (depending on the school) commerce and administration, financial accounting, construction, tropical agriculture, carpentry and joinery, motor mechanics, electrical engineering, hotel and tourism, and animal husbandry, among others. Students also gain work experience by apprenticing at a business. Companies enlist the students, and their teachers are involved in guiding them and assessing their performance. This kind of experience makes it possible for students to have a broader, more practical understanding of their field and of the real situation in the workplace. Planet Aid has supported vocational training in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Angola.
When implementing development projects, it's crucial that local voices and perspectives are part of the process. Frontline Institute is a network of schools that trains local people to work on the frontline of development and fight against poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and disease. Trainees are placed on teams to hone their conceptual thinking skills, which are critical to leading projects and mobilizing their communities. The teams work on development projects, agricultural production, and community campaigns. After successfully completing the program, the large majority of the students are employed by Humana People to People to implement what they have learned about global development. Planet Aid has funded the Frontline Institute in Zimbabwe.