Youth unemployment is a nationwide problem in Tanzania. Although available government statistics show unemployment in Tanzania at 12.7 per cent, studies have indicated that unemployment among young people is higher than 50 per cent,2 particularly in urban areas. The Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT ) FUSION initiative is an innovative response to what has been described as an unemployment crisis.
The initiative integrates two acclaimed DOT programmes that both use a unique youth-led social learning model to embed change in schools and communities; TeachUp! brings innovative use of technology, new learning methods and digital skills content to the classroom; and ReachUp! brings digital skills, workforce skills and entrepreneurial empowerment to out-of-school, out-of-work young people nearby.
The FUSION initiative is a collaborative effort, bringing together the expertise of DOT Tanzania and the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA), and operates in VETA centres and communities in Dar es Salaam, Pwani and Morogoro Regions.