Na Ativa: a Fight for Peace Employability Pillar project

04/12/2016 – Na Ativa, a project begun in July 2016 at Fight for Peace in Rio de Janeiro, recently commemorated the graduation of 21 young people. The three year project, funded by IKEA Foundation and Wise, aims to see 856 young people graduate by June 2019 across three levels: Basic, Specific and Technical.

At the Basic level, young people learn to reflect on themselves and their choices, engaging in planning for their lives ahead and developing goals and objectives. Here, work is done to enhance participants’ self-esteem, while family issues, financial management and professional development are also dealt with. Participants learn how to present themselves and how to get job interviews in addition to receiving tips on being selected for jobs and how to identify their technical and behavioural strengths.

Project Coordinator Juliana Setubal set out the characteristics of the second level of the course: “The Specific level of the course prepares young people to carry out a professional role within a certain area in a company or to enter roles which are in demand within the job market. At this point in time, the focus is on five areas, reflecting job market demands. These areas are telemarketing, sales, logistics and working as an administrative assistant and receptionist”, explains Juliana.

Classes at the Technical level of the programme will be taught by Fight for Peace educators at the Rio de Janeiro Academy with the awarding of certificates being overseen in partnership with the educational institution Colégio e Curso Daltro Netto. This final level will include courses on business management and teacher training as well as on school secretarial skills and human resources.

To be eligible to participate in the programme, young people have to be between 16 and 29 years old and must be studying at or have already completed a certain level of formal education. The insertion into the job market of each new young person guarantees investment for another young person to complete the Na Ativa programme. In the future, the goal is for Na Ativa to be self-sustaining and, as part of Fight for Peace, to benefit more young people around the world.