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Felek – Design for Decent Work

Girls graduating
17 February 2023

Together with our Ethiopian partner Felek, and with support from the Ivar S. Løges’ Fundation, PfC runs a program called “Design for Decent Work”.

At Felek, students receive training in design and creative thinking needed to become competitive in the job market.

The first 18 students completed the course in December 2022, and several have already received job offers.

My favorite part of the training was the design thinking. I learned that everything is possible.  I saw that working in action through the training. I feel like I have taken one step toward my dreams, the first large step is believing its possible.

Meskerem (student)

Though there is an increasing interest both domestically and abroad for Ethiopian design and products, many find it hard to compete in the global market. This is mainly due to the lack of a properly trained manpower in the country. The training at Felek will focus on creating a curriculum centered on branding and quality control.

In addition to training in crafts and leatherwork, training in life skills is also important for the students.

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