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We are Education For Employment (EFE), a network active in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Our passionate team extends across Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, with support hubs in the United States, Europe (Spain), and the UAE.

Our mission is simple: to create economic opportunities for unemployed youth in the MENA so that they can create a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Our Network Structure

Education for Employment operates in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.  We train youth and link them to the world of work. With international board members and staff located in the United States, Europe (Spain), and the UAE, EFE’s global hubs provide assistance, training, expertise and networks to support EFE’s activities across the Middle East and North Africa.

This network structure mixes local insight and programming experience with global resources and expertise. As such, EFE creates economies of scale and learning to accelerate youth employment solutions across the region.

Why we do what we do

MENA has the largest youth population in the world, but also the highest youth unemployment rates. That’s a lot of untapped potential in one place. Imagine what all that young energy and talent could do for this region’s future and its economy if given the chance!

Mismatches are at the heart of these high youth unemployment rates. There is a dramatic misalignment between the skills taught in local educational institutions and the needs of the labour market. And there are other mismatches, too: mismatches between the types of jobs that youth are raised to expect, and what is available in the job market.  Mismatches between the number of jobs that require social ‘connections’ to secure, and the ambitious, able youth who are desperate to hold those jobs. Youth with limited social capital, and young women, in particular, are the worst off. So we took action.

EFE helps young women and men through demand-driven training programmes that link them to the world of work while creating opportunities for them to develop their professional skills, build social capital and engage in their communities. At the same time, EFE works to improve the attitudes of educators, employers, and families to change how youth are prepared for the workforce.