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Frères des Hommes is an association offering young people who do not attend school the chance to train as woodworkers, through the transmission of artisan skills and literacy classes.
In Senegal, artisan skills - especially woodworking and furniture-making - play an important social and economic role. In a country where a third of the population lives below the poverty line, artisan training represents an important alternative for young people not in school. Sadly, however, apprenticeships are often unregulated, incomplete, unpaid and unrecognized. Frères des Hommes are working to establish a formal, structured training programme to support and consolidate this valuable profession.
To promote the transmission of quality craft skills, Frères des Hommes and its Senegalese partner (Kora-PRD) offer a comprehensive two-year programme combining literacy skills, technical design and decorative sculpture, for 700 early school-leavers (many of whom quit education after primary school). Centres equipped with machinery and tools will be available to young people and experienced wood-workers alike: the aim is to enhance output through the collective use of shared production tools.
The programme is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its commitment to education and artisan training.