Mr. Safadi visits the Accelerated Vocational Training Center
President of “Safadi Foundation”, Mr. Mohammed Safadi, with engineer Fouad Hassanein and the work team, checked the progress of the ongoing work in the “Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center”, in Tripoli. The center is a project implemented by the Foundation, within its development program to revive the old city in Tripoli on both social and economic levels. The center will receive, as of the end of the current month, the youth who are willing to learn a profession related to construction.
Following the tour, Mr. Safadi explained to the journalists the objectives behind establishing the center, noting that “the Foundation has conducted a socio-economic participatory assessment of the old city in Tripoli, including its old souks and the adjacent areas, populated with 250,000 people. The study revealed several issues on the levels of health, education, etc. …”.
He pointed out that “the most prominent issue is that of the unemployed youth, living with no purpose, and exploit others ad live at their expense as they lack potentials. Therefore, the focus is to revive Tripoli’s economy through training the youth in order to get a job that reinforces their self-esteem, and thus become productive elements in their society, elements willing to participate in building their city, instead of living at the expense of others”.
He indicated that “in order to achieve this, we believe that the accelerated vocational training will help the youth obtain a profession faster than technical schools would. Therefore, we are targeting the youth who did not receive full school education, especially that the results of the participatory assessment showed that more than 19% of them dropped out of school before the age of 15; some of the youth in the region do not even nowadays know how to read or write”. He added that “the swift objective of this project is to help them learn a profession, and after undergoing theoretical and practical training, they could find an employment opportunity in their area, in another project within the ROSE Program. That project is based on housing rehabilitation in old Tripoli, which financially benefits the youth and allows them to contribute in reviving and developing their area”.
Mr. Safadi also considered that “the second objective behind establishing the center is to provide practical training for graduates from official institutes and technical schools, as they often lack practical applications and experiences after their graduation”. He also revealed about “the coordination with the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation GIZ, which will provide practical lessons for the graduates”.
Mr. Safadi explained that the “center will restore the Lebanese role in the field of construction, which has recently regressed, in addition, it will provide training in the fields of cooling, heating and other professions that will provide employment opportunities”, adding that “the project is a whole that begins with the rehabilitation of the areas in need, and is completed by benefiting from the experiences of the youth in many fields, such as welding, because gas and oil lines will soon be established in the area”. He also mentioned that “the center will start with training for professions related to construction, and will later add training for advanced technical professions that require the use of electronic machines and computers”, stressing that “the project will be one of the most advanced projects in Lebanon”.
In response to a question about the registration fees in the center, especially that the Lebanese are burdened with large school fees, Mr. Safadi answered saying that “the education at the center will be free of charges as a first stage, to stimulate the youth to benefit from it, and enable the thousands between them that will graduate for free”.
As for the relation between this project and Mr. Safadi’s political work, he indicated that his “main concern was and will always be the people of his city, and the people of the North”, explaining that he was “in their service since 1982, and will always be regardless his political work”.