Education is widely regarded as the route to economic, political, technological, social and environmental prosperity hence undertaking educational projects in developing countries is essential for the advancement of the country. Youth organizations can implement educational projects as they play their role in youth-led development actions.
Implementing educational projects must begin with brainstorming sessions to determine what kind of project, how it will be done, for who the project is targeted at, when and where it takes place. Often, the educational needs for developing countries stem from high cost of educational fees and materials, lack of teachers, infrastructure and equipment, lack of informal education etc. In doing projects to help solve these problems, young people need spirit of volunteerism, passion, tolerance and willingness in order to triumph through very difficult challenges.
When an idea is developed, a stake holder analysis must be conducted to help bring on board all stakeholders. The youth on this mission must respond to the diverse needs and circumstances of project target and give appropriate weight to the abilities, skills, and knowledge they bring to the process. The project may be formal or informal and must take into account the issue of gender equality in beneficiary representation
Young people need to identify various stakeholders. The government, youth associations, development partners, beneficiaries, media and civil society are the immediate contacts to consider. Information and feedback gathered from interacting with all relevant areas must be collected and help set specific objectives to have achievable and realistic aims with timelines and also be measureable when accessing the impact.
Educational projects can touch many subjects. The important point is, that participants can acquire knowledge, that is helpful to them and that their capacities are strengthens. The content needs to be adapted to the local realities, in order to apply the knowledge acquired to reality.
Possibilities for educational projects:
- Human rights education
- Computer and information technology skills
- Environment and natural resources protection education
- Health education
- Peace education
Educational projects can also be directly linked to the formal education, by providing support for students, having difficulties in school. You can develop for example a mentoring project for girls or a coaching project for disadvantaged students.