The Skills for Tomorrow (SFT) is a two-year program designed to equip 105 Libyan youth between the age 13-15 years old with the language, leadership, computer and essential soft skills they need to access scholarships and study abroad opportunities, compete in global job markets, and engage in civic life with confidence and self-awareness. This program consists of four core components and encompasses 430 hours of training delivered over 20 months: 320 hours of English language instruction, 20 hours of youth empowerment, 50 hours of computer skills, and 40 hours of leadership and community service. The culmination of the leadership and community service component will be the awarding of small grants to fund community projects developed and led by the students.
The Skills for Tomorrow program addresses several complementary goals through an integrated approach of specific relevance for youth. These include the following:
- To improve students’ English language proficiency, leading to new opportunities and personal growth.
- To improve the computer skills needed by students to explore, obtain, and succeed at new opportunities.
- To expand students’ knowledge about scholarships and exchange programs.
- To raise students’ confidence about making personal choices.
- To expand students’ individual horizons and aspirations, as well as broaden their understanding of community and identity.
The program is being implemented in seven cities in Libya: Misrata, Gharyan, Yefren, Sabha, Albayda, Jalu, and Tripoli. Instruction commenced in the seven locations during the months of February and March of 2020. The program is expected to be concluded in the year 2022.