The “No Woman Left Behind” project developed by Aethnic and ITTOG in The Gambia has as its central activity the creation and development of a training course aimed at vulnerable women that will allow them, once the training has been completed, to work in the sector of responsible and sustainable tourism (TRS) in their own country.
This course has been co-created between Aethnic and ITTOG with the active participation of the Gender Platform, an organization that brings together entities that defend women’s and gender rights in The Gambia. The rights holders of the project took an active part, who were consulted at the same time as the course was being developed regarding the content, the methodology and the skills that the training should help develop among the participants.
Finally, the Course has been made up of four units:
- Unit 1: Culinary Art and Food Processing (introduction to culinary art and food processing and skills for people working as kitchen helpers, street vendors and other staff in the hospitality industry)
- Unit 2: Food Safety and Hygiene (introduction to food safety and hygiene knowledge and skills for people working as kitchen helpers, street vendors and other staff in the hospitality industry)
- Unit 3: Sustainable and responsible tourism (will help students to develop their knowledge of the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism. In particular, they will improve their knowledge of the impacts of tourism through the use of case studies and study visits )
- Unit 4: Human Rights and Gender Equality (introduces awareness, capacity building and promotion of the legal, human and health rights of women and men workers with low levels of education. All exercises are designed to that the participants can read or write and understand them easily)
In addition, course participants learn six basic skills:
- Innovative problem solving
- Teamwork skills
- Communication skills
- self management
- Preparation for the labor market
The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG) delivers most of the Course. The teaching staff is local, mostly female, and hired by ITTOG.
The human rights and gender module is taught by the Gender platform. The No Women Left Behind Training and Socio-Labour Insertion of Vulnerable Women project in The Gambia is managed by the Ethnic Association and the Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), with the support of the Gender Platform, and is co-financed by the Catalan Cooperation Agency of the Generalitat Catalonia.