Working in partnership with Salam Couture, MCM provided training on tie-dyeing and embroidery for 61 women in Akjoujt and Bennichab. Running over 60 days, the training allowed those women acquire new skills that enabled them create their own business.

Education, training and livelihood development

MCM has created over 2,000 jobs for Mauritanian people that are linked either directly or indirectly to the mine. We believe skills development and employment are central to our positive legacy. That’s why we’re also helping to create livelihoods that are sustainable beyond the life of the mine, through investment in education and training and diversification of local industry.

  • A major focus of MCM’s community programs is developing the skills and capacity of local people. The aim is to create employment and livelihoods independent of the mine that are sustainable once MCM closes, closure projected for 2022.
  • In education MCM provided the following support:
  • The rehabilitation of 6 primary schools to improve educational conditions for students.
  • Training for teachers of rural areas on the multigrade system to improving educational opportunities for all children of school age and reduce schools dropout  and enhance the skills of schools’ directors in basic principles of management and educational administration.
  • Funding support courses for students candidates for end cycles exams: Entrance examination to first year of high school, (BEPC) and Baccalaureate (BAC). This support has substantially improved the pass rate between 2012 and 2015 (end primary cycle exam: 40.2% - 55%, BEPC: 7.7% - 32.2% Bac: 2.3% - 27.4%) and compared to national rates (end primary cycle exam: L 55% -N 52.9% BEPC: L 32.2% 40.2% N; Bac: L 27.4% 17.2% N).
  • To date, 10 scholarships abroad were given to Mauritanian students who want to specialize in disciplines related to mining and are keen to develop their careers in the mining industry.  Three of the bursaries were recruited. They occupy the positions of Mechanical IGP, Electrical IGP and Process trainee. We support 7 bursars who have been enrolled in various universities in Africa and Europe.
  • In terms of capacity building of local communities, our programs focus on training women and youth being the most vulnerable segments and supposed to stay in Akjoujt after the mine closure. The aim is to equip them with knowledge and skills to sustainably reduce the impact of negative consequences of the mine closure in defraying the coverage of their basic needs.
  • Youth training aimed their integration into the socio-economic fabric and access to novelties, after wide consultation with all their bodies on improving their technical capabilities in carpentry, welding, masonry, electricity and painting through formal training and providing opportunities to practice. Other trainings in French and English, IT and career coaching in which more than 150 young people have participated.
  • Women training aims to enable them acquire basic skills that could provide sustainable and profitable business opportunities locally and nationally for those who have been identified in a participatory way with authorities by a special study. Therefore, 61 women were trained including 41 on dyeing techniques and 20 on hand sewing and embroidery including 41 in Akjoujt and 20 in Bennichab whose activities continue to this day in small groups and individual.
  • As part of its commitment to strengthening economic opportunities for local communities, MCM gives priority, where possible and through its procurement and employment policies, to local suppliers in terms of supply and services to create additional valuable income to individuals and their families. It is in this context that MCM works with local entrepreneurs to improve their level of technical performance in order to be able to compete, in medium and long term with all service providers.