Back to a future – Youth Pack 2003-2005, Sierra Leone
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) started operations in Sierra Leone in 2000 to support the National Recovery Strategy, to aid the process of recovery and the reintegration and reconciliation for resettled internally displaced persons, returnees, ex-combatants and separated children. As the situation in Sierra Leone no longer poses a humanitarian emergency with regards to internally displaced persons and refugees, NRC is phasing out at the end of December 2005. In 2005 the education program in Sierra Leone has three main components, one being Youth Pack, a one-year pilot program for 400 youth in four different centres. Youth Pack provides a combination of vocational skills training with basic academic and life skills education for 14-22 year olds, and is implemented in co-operation with a local NGO (Action Aid Sierra Leone) in Kambia district on the border to Guinea. Youth Pack was run for two years (2003-04 and 2004-05).