Association Jeunesse Cœur Ouvert de SYA (AJCOS)

AJCOS works otwards the socio-economic development of the Houet province and the professional development of youths.

The Association Jeunesse Cœur Ouvert de Sya (Open Heart Youth Association of Sya, AJCOS) was founded in 2005. Based in Bobo-Dioulasso, AJCOS has about 100 members and is working towards the socio-economic development of the Houet province and the social and professional integration of youth into society.

AJCOS works towards:

  • Promoting access to knowledge and the personal development of children out of schooling.
  • Promoting the professional training and self-employment of young people (one youth, one job.
  • Creating multifunctional centre for youths.
  • Developing cooperation for sustainable development and solidarity.
  • Promoting peace, democracy, human and civil rights.
  • Raising awareness with young people of  sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses.
  • Promoting environmental education.
  • Initiating and promoting activities on gender and rural development.
  • Promoting socio-cultural and sport youth activities.

AJCOS has around 100 members and its executive bureau works with 7 members and 2 auditors. Its activities have included:

  • Raising awareness with youth on a culture of peace.
  • Training on the proliferation of light weapons in partnership with Amnesty International Burkina Faso
  • Advocating to members of the authority on the prevention of conflict during the elections in 2012, in partnership with ROJALNU-OMD.
  • Education of children in difficulty throughout schooling

AJCOS works in partnership with other organisations such as Amnesty International Burkina Faso; the Regional Directorate of youth, professional training and employment of Haut-Bassins; the Regional Directorate of social action and national solidarity of Haut-Bassins; the Regional Directorate of national education; the Regional Council of Haut-Bassins; the commune of Bobo-Dioulasso; and Regional Council of Youth of Haut-Bassins (CRJ/HBS).

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