Indonesia, Malaysia, Education

Secured livelihoods for women and youth in Indonesia and Malaysia

Number: 256.1004

In the rural areas of Indonesia and Malaysia, the local population has so far lived largely from agricultural self-sufficiency. Due to external developments, including massive environmental changes, many families are forced to adapt their lives and find new sources of income. Mission 21 supports particularly vulnerable village communities and groups with a broad range of training courses and provides graduates with practical assistance in implementing their own projects. At the same time, for many children and young people in rural areas, quality education is not a matter of course. For secondary schools and vocational training, they have to move to district or provincial capitals. The costs are too high for many families. In some areas, girls are also married off as minors, do not go on to school or become victims of exploitative working conditions, sometimes abroad in the course of labour migration. This is why Mission 21 supports young women from poor backgrounds and remote regions with educational scholarships. 

Activities

Depending on the needs and potentials of the target groups, activities are carried out in one or more areas of impact.

Education
- Provision of scholarships for formal education programmes
- Vocational training courses for individuals and groups
- Training programme for community organisers and leaders
- Establishment of community learning centres
- Sensitisation of women, training on self-confidence and teamwork (life skills)
- Operation of hostels
- Awareness-raising campaigns to promote preventive health care

Agroecology
- Awareness-raising measures for the conservation of ecosystems
- Use of home-produced organic fertiliser to improve soil quality and biological pest control
- Production and use of local seeds
- Mixed cropping and diversified crop rotation
- Agroforestry 
- Preservation of knowledge about traditional foods and remedies from the forest 
- Balance between crop production and animal husbandry
- Promotion of urban gardening/farming
- Installation of clean water and adequate sanitation facilities 
- Strengthening capacities to adapt to climate change 
- Seminars for producers, traders and consumers to know their rights in controlling mechanisms and regulations in food production and distribution 

Income generation
- Establishment and maintenance of training centres
- Food processing and preservation 
- Preservation of traditional handicraft techniques 
- Training of new artisanal techniques 
- Development of products
- Product packaging, branding and trade
- Price control and quality control by primary producers
- Access to markets (local, regional)
- Online marketing 
- Infrastructure development according to techniques and practices
- Microcredit financing / revolving credit fund
- Organisation of producer groups
- Promotion of entrepreneurship