Sala Baï mission is to professionally integrate all the young people who are trained there. This is why, due to the transformations of the socio-economic context, as a consequence of the pandemic, a readaptation of the curriculum, as well as a modernization of the pedagogical methods have been carried out this year. The objective is to diversify the skills of the students to adapt to the new needs of the market. From now on, the training will take place in two years instead of one.
The first year of the new curriculum includes, as it has since the creation of Sala Baï, the learning of a hotel trade. In 2020, this training was enriched with a common core of training in sustainable agriculture provided by the associations Agrisud and Green farmers. In 2022, training and support for entrepreneurship was launched. In the first year, this consists of raising students’ awareness of entrepreneurship by asking them to create a fictitious company. In groups of 4, they will have 6 months to do Business Games workshops. They will all be accompanied by an entrepreneurial coach Charlotte Rio. English, an essential element to ensure the employability of the students, will be taught throughout the course.
The second year will be devoted to strengthening English, to new training modules complementary to the hotel industry to meet specific needs (oenology, chocolate making, baristas, etc.), to an intensification study of the notions of sustainable agriculture and the processing of agricultural products, and to entrepreneurship training.
Students who wish to do so and who have an entrepreneurial project will be able to devote themselves entirely to this project at the beginning of the second semester of the second year. This support is an integral part of the entrepreneurship training provided at Sala Baï. The students will still be at school and will be supported both technically and psychologically. APLC also wishes to involve former Sala Baï students who have set up their own business in this support.
The students’ curriculum has been enriched to diversify their skills and broaden their horizons. Indeed, in a country where poverty has increased in the countryside, it is more necessary than ever that Sala Baï students continue to have a positive impact on their community through their professional integration.