Youth unemployment is a major concern for many developing countries because of its negative effects on the economy, social stability /security and well-being of the general populations including the young people. In West and Central Africa, youth accounts for more than 60% of the active population. It has been estimated that 20 to 24 year-olds who complete secondary education will increase from 42% to 59% of the population over the next 20 years. However, although they would have acquired some reasonable level of education, the challenge will be that they possess few employable skills. Although many jobs have been created, there has not been enough to accommodate the growing number of young people in need.

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