The project offers vocational trainings for students from vulnerable communities to make them discover agricultural heritage and help them becoming self-sufficient
AVOCADO – Agricultural Vocational Education and Training for Vulnerable Adolescents in Lebanon
Time Frame: March 2016 – present
The project offers vocational trainings for students from vulnerable communities to make them discover agricultural heritage and help them becoming self-sufficient.
In cooperation with AVSI, BILADI conceptualized and implemented AVOCADO as a non-formal, alternative education system in seven agricultural vocational schools in Lebanon (Nabatiyeh, Khiam, Fanar, Batroun, Nasriyet Rizk, Abdeh, Baakline) as well as in various external centers in these regions. The program consists of two parts (“Modern Mouneh for Resilience” and “Koudourat – Heritage for Resilience”) and modernizes traditional food production to transmit it to the next generation. More than 2500 underprivileged young participants between 15 and 25 years have benefitted of the know-how to produce quality traditional products at a fairly low cost. This knowledge restores the transgenerational relationship to the beneficiaries’ ancestors and creates pride of their own roots. It also revives the concept of self-sustainability in food production and opens the door for a possible income generating activity.