Empowering women to learn, earn and lead
UN Women’s Second Chance Education program trains vulnerable, internally displaced women and young women in poultry farming in Cameroon. This approach is supporting women in crisis, offering adaptive pathways to achieve agency, resilience economic empowerment, and leadership.
The women are given start up kits with a total of 1000 day-old-chicks to help kick start their work and to improve their livelihoods in their hometowns. The chicks will become a source of income and help women start their own business and improve their livelihoods.
“In life you can’t have everything you want and this job can help you," said program participant Precious.
“From the experience I had in this project, even though I can’t be a doctor, I can be a poultry farmer."
This is an example of how local solutions are used in the global model, filling gaps for marginalized women in their education and improving opportunities for decent employment. Globally, marginalized women are often excluded from education and employment, with 72 per cent of men and 47 per cent of women making up the current global labour force participation rate.
The Second Chance Education program is proudly supported by the BHP Foundation and forms part of the Education Equity program, designed to enhance opportunities for disadvantaged young people to access, participate in and achieve quality education.
Second Chance Education Cameroon by the numbers
- 12637 learners enrolled
- 3938 completed employment/vocational training
- 3888 completed entrepreneurship/self-employment
- 15600 received life skills
- 38 courses curated
- 22 learning hubs established.