Who We Are

AYOI is a collective effort of transformers, visionaries, corporates and the benefactors. A non-government organization (NGO) which is cradled in the Mwanza region of Tanzania and brimming with endless energy that seeks to spread across the entire nation.

VISION

Provide continued education and career development opportunities to all under-represented youth in Tanzania in efforts to provide them with economic independence and educational growth that is both inclusive and sustainable.

MISSION

Is an inclusive program that provides a second chance to the under-educated and deprived youth through wage or self-employment based on urban and rural livelihood training provided through community and corporate partnerships within all communities in Tanzania.

We want to see a future where the youth of Tanzania are significant contributors in industrial economic development of Tanzania by encouraging more value while pursuing their career goals.

CORE VALUES

• Shared Responsibility and Accountability

• Creativity and Diversity

• Ethical Leadership

• Fact Based Education

• Social Action

HISTORY - FROM THE CEO

AYOI comes from a rural community and its owner managed to attended university. After graduation he saw the needs and challenges that hinder the Mwanza region of Tanzania. We wanted to find possible ways of offering psycho-social support to the most vulnerable people in our community and country. We come up with an idea to have an Initiative to empower children, youth and people with disabilities and empower them with necessary skills. Hence, by 2019 we founded AYOI with the aim to support youth so that they can develop a positive mindset that will help them to utilize resources, gain employment or develop their innovation skills in local ways, generate ideas and leadership to achieve fundamental social change.

Our Mission and our Vision is to transform Youth lives, and inspire positive change. Every youth running a sustainable enterprise, or being gainfully employed is a positive step in the right direction for Tanzania.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY & STRUCTURE

At AYOI, we run a fully inclusive program in Tanzania. The key features of the program include:

  • Admission to anyone who can read and write with no formal education

  • Focus on hands on vocational training (70% practical & 30% theory)

  • AYOI Model of Training (AMT) - a proprietary program for attitudinal change and life skills such as decision making, time management, money management, values & perception, health & hygiene, work readiness etc.

  • Community Engagement, Counselling and Mentoring

  • Job placements/Internship and assistance for self-employment

  • We adopt a holistic approach of enhancing the less fortunate youth with vocational skills, guidance, counselling and financial assistance.

  • At AYOI, we aim to continue growing and mentoring/partnering with other local NGOs and like-minded organizations to deliver the AYOI model of livelihood training to achieve better outcomes for Tanzania.

  • AYOI will shortly develop an Mobile E-learning app for Any Time Anywhere learning.

From a country-level perspective, the importance of skills for technological development is just as clear as at the shop-floor level. Crucially, increasing skills changes the structural path of a country: they move from simple to difficult technologies, and within them, from basic production functions (for simple components and assembly) to complex ones (for improvement, design and innovation). Engaging in more complex production activities generally leads to the creation and eventual capture of higher value, increased productivity and it generates spillover benefits to local input-supplying companies, within and across industries.

In fact, the improvement of workforce skills is a core driver of structural transformation as well as one of its main outcomes. Specifically, the development of organisational capabilities and the expansion of technological processes within domestic companies create new demand for higher-skilled workers as well as generating resources to improve the education and vocational school system.

AYOI aims to support youth so they can develop a positive mindset that will help them to utilize resources, gain employment or develop their innovation skills in local action, ideas and leadership to achieve fundamental social change. Its approach is to promote youth needs in order to achieve successful participation in education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment and adult life.

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AYOI'S VIEW ON CORONAVIRUS

At AYOI, we understand that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the health and safety of the world and include education on safe health and hygiene practices in to our core program.

We also understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond health and leads in to creating greater inequalities for women in the workplace and could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights in Tanzania. The coronavirus outbreak exacerbates existing inequalities for women and girls across every sphere – from health and the economy, to security and social protection.

Women also play a disproportionate role in responding to the virus, including as frontline healthcare workers and carers at home. Women’s unpaid care work has increased significantly as a result of school closures and the increased needs of older people. Women are also harder hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, as they disproportionately work in insecure labour markets. Nearly 60% of women work in the informal economy, which puts them at greater risk of falling into poverty.

The pandemic has also led to a steep increase in violence against women and girls. With lockdown measures in place, many women are trapped at home with their abusers, struggling to access services that are suffering from cuts and restrictions. Emerging data shows that, since the outbreak of the pandemic, violence against women and girls – and particularly domestic violence – has intensified.

Knowing all this, we at AYOI are working even harder to ensure there are education and career development opportunities that are inclusive and supportive of women in their ability to create their own economic and social stability.

To support AYOI and their efforts in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for those most impacted, reach out to dixoni.emmanual@yahoo.com.