UNESCO, through its Capacity Development for Education Programme (CapED), is working to improve the livelihoods of young women and communities living near the Tsingy Nature Reserve in Madagascar to become financially independent by providing them access to training and employment opportunities in the sustainable tourism industry. Tourism to the region has increased substantially over the past five years, representing an important economic opportunity for local communities.
Fondation CHANEL is supporting UNESCO, through the CapED Programme, to provide youth living near the Tsingy Reserve in Madagascar vocational training opportunities in the hotel and restaurant management sector. Additionally, economically vulnerable women will receive training in vegetable growing and handicrafts, enabling them to form cooperatives and sell their products on local markets. The project also aims to promote sustainable tourism in the region by training local cultural guides and build the capacities of local villages.
UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that aims to contribute to peace and security by promoting access to education, science, and culture.