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close this bookThe Reintegration of War-Affected Youth: The Experience of Mozambique (International Labour Organization, 1997, 52 p.)
close this folder4. Incorporating life skills into vocational skills training
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View the document4.1. Literacy and numeracy
View the document4.2. Basic management skills
View the document4.3. Civic education
View the document4.4. Peace education
View the document4.5. Knowledge of human rights and labour standards
View the document4.6. HIV/AIDS awareness
View the document4.7. Psychosocial assistance
View the document4.8. Drug and alcohol abuse
View the document4.9. Mine awareness

4.2. Basic management skills

In order to succeed in self-employment once a training course has been completed, a high degree of self-reliance is called for as monitoring and follow-up are likely to be scant, if they exist at all. A number of vocational courses included basic management skills, covering issues such as workplans, costing, invoicing and basic book-keeping. If anything, the experience in Mozambique seems to have been that not enough time was spent on these issues, especially where self-employment was the objective. In the case of agriculture, for example, training in how to manage projects and production was felt to be important, but was rarely considered important enough to include in training courses. At least one commentator thought that this may change as a result of experiences.2

2 Prof. SimSevene, President, Associa dos Jovens Agricultores de Mobique, in discussion with the author, 18 Dec. 1996.

The level of management training inevitably depends on the trainees, but in Mozambique it was found that even basic skills, such as how to write a cheque, and knowledge of basic terms, such as the difference between income and profit, were badly needed by the trainees.