Through photographs, videos and two books (Journal of the Land and Journal of the Sea), the International Labour Office wants to make public the daily life in the different phases of the projects and in the beneficiaries’ journey, and to showcase concrete results in the eco-construction and artisanal fisheries sectors in Mauritania.
« The Training School (Chantier École) is a dual training methodology, part of which is spent in the training centre and part of which is spent on an educational worksite or in a mentoring company. This process helps students to consolidate their knowledge by carrying out concrete tasks in a real work situation that meets both the student’s learning needs and the community’s need for infrastructure.
The objective of a Training School is to train young people in a trade, based on infrastructure construction or maintenance activities, while offering them socio-professional support.
This training is aimed at people who have not succeeded in the traditional education system. The vocational training and support of the beneficiaries enables the socio-professional integration of young people, improving their employability and their ability to create a business.
The added value of this programme is undoubtedly the certification of the skills acquired, officially recognised by the State.
The International Labour Office, within the framework of its Chantier École and Pecobat projects financed by the European Union, has been able to experiment with this approach in various localities in Mauritania. «
« What is good for rural employment must be good for the climate.
« In Mauritania, raw earth construction and its associated socio-economic sector have a strong development potential. Earth material is widely available and at a low cost. Soil is the most suitable material for the extreme climatic conditions that characterise the country for long periods of time during the year, as it is an excellent regulator of temperature and hygrometry…
The architectural proposal of the schools, planned within the framework of the Pecobat project, meet a double challenge: the need for school infrastructure in Mauritania and the requirements for developing techniques that maximise the use of local materials and create jobs, without giving up on innovation. «
Sélibaby Training School
Process of making traditional bricks from earth and straw
« The Pecobat project has taken the challenge of using traditional know-how to promote eco-construction. The women of the Yirla Women’s Potters’ Association cooperative were commissioned for making fundamental pieces to improve the energy efficiency of the schools and the thermal quality of the building in periods of high heat. They made the 800 ventilation pipes from clay for the schools built by the project, using the same artisanal techniques, handed down from generation to generation, as for the water pots and other traditional ceramic objects. «
Road Training School
Road works Training School Programme, Monguel
Construction Training School
Construction Training School Programme, Kaédi
« Intended to train young fishermen, processors, mechanics, carpenters, traders and classifiers of fishery products, the scheme set up within the framework of the ILO’s Promopêche project, financed by the European Union, applies the Chantier École methodology: short training period (4 to 6 months), practical apprenticeships in the workplace, complementary courses in employability and life skills. This pedagogical organisation illustrates the Training School pedagogy, i.e. learning by doing.
The ILO’s Promopêche project, using an innovative approach, targets young men and women to a short training course leading to qualifications with a high integration potential. Priority is given to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and potential migrants for whom the most likely prospect of finding a job and integrating into working life lies in access to training. »
Through faces and portraits, here are the stories of the people of the interior of this country, men and women on the move who build their paths with great courage.
Adama Wone, 27 years old, is a young Mauritanian who was unemployed and without any qualifications.
There are many people in this situation in Mauritania, because the training on offer is often insufficient or does not meet the real needs of the market.
Adama is one of the beneficiaries of the Chantier École project.
As a formworker, he is now proud to have a trade and to live with dignity from his work.
Haby is 25 years old and comes from Boghé.
She started with topography training. Determined and ambitious, she started her own business with the help of the ILO. Today, in addition to winning contracts, she employs other people.
Aichetou, 25, is a young girl from Aleg in the south of the country.
She is driven by a desire to learn and work. As a woman, she has to fight to find her place in the construction industry, a professional field traditionally reserved for men. Today, Aichetou is a topographer’s assistant and has found work. She is aware that changing mentalities is a long process, but she is ready. She has no doubt that she will succeed.
Abd El Nour Horma, logistics coordinator of the Naval Academy’s Centre for Fishing Qualification and Training (CQFMP), is the privileged contact for those wishing to train for the fishing industry.
It has seen more than 3,000 young people, boys and girls, undergoing training at the Naval Academy.
Abd El Nour is one of the indirect beneficiaries of the Promopêche programme.
He has received support in terms of capacity building for his trainers, as well as support in terms of training engineering.
According to him, the Qualification Centre is benefiting from this new impetus.
Roghaya M’Bodj became the head of a line of 134 women working in the artisanal fishing sector.
She has received training in small business development. Today she replicates the training she received through Promopêche and teaches the women the basics of management as Director of the processing centre « La Sirène ».
Housseinou Kassougué and Cheikh Thiam have experience.
Respectively as National Coordinator of Training and HIMO and National Coordinator of Protection and Social Dialogue within the ILO, they continue to put their skills to good use in their countries.