The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) announced the continuation of its partnership with Brilliant Earth, the San Francisco-based jewellery company that sells responsibly sourced jewellery, to bring education to artisanal mining communities.
Brilliant Earth is now supporting DDI's education initiatives through its High School Support Program, on top of vocational training. This offers crucial services for youth and alternative education for women and men, outside of the mining world.
"We've seen interest in many industries from within our communities, including textiles, carpentry, metalwork and hairdressing." said DDI Executive Director Dorothée Gizenga, adding, "we see that helping educate community members outside of the mining industry bolsters the entire community."
Through both academic training and practical hands-on experience, the students acquire the skills necessary to establish, operate and grow their own businesses. This helps diversify the community's interests and grow the local economy, while diminishing dependence on the main industry of mining.
Brilliant Earth has already supported several DDI programs, including the creation of the Youth-in-Mining project in Sierra Leone and mobile schooling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The DDI press release also gratefully acknowledged the donation of microscopes by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) for its training programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).