Please say hello to our newest supporting partner, Spark. Spark help young people in countries that are recovering from conflict, such as Burundi, Kosovo, Liberia, Libya, Occupied Palestine Territories, Rwanda, Serbia, South Sudan and Yemen, with opportunities to develop new educational and economic futures for themselves and their communities.
Karina from Blog Action Day spoke to Nehmi Klaassen from Spark to find out more about their organisation, why they are supporting Blog Action Day and their suggestions on what you might cover in your Blog Action Day post on October 16, 2013.
What is the mission and goals of Spark?
SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship so that young, ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity. Our aim is to increase the number of sustainable jobs and economic prospects for youth in post-conflict regions through the improvement of higher education and development of the local private sector. We pay special attention to marginalised groups, including women, returning refugees and IDPs.
What is your role, where are you based?
I am based in Amsterdam and work in the Communications Department where part of my role entails sharing our success stories, news and activities throughout our network.
How do Human Rights relate to the work of your team and your network of entrepreneurs?
We work daily to protect, respect and fulfill basic economic, social and cultural rights in post-conflict regions by empowering youth through employment creation and vocational education.
What has inspired you the most to do the type of work you do?
I enjoy seeing the tangible results that our project, programmes and activities have on young people . In particular, watching the development of a young person who maybe started with a modest business idea, that is now running a full service factory and creating jobs in his or her community.
What Human Rights topic ideas or links to content can you suggest to Blog Action Day participant?
- Is economic security a human right?
- Social exclusion is a cause of conflict; how can we ensure equal economic opportunities for socially excluded groups and in turn ensure a stable foundation for economic growth?
We really encourage people to find out more about the entrepreneurs we work with and the amazing projects they have developed.