30.03.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Consultative meeting of the Inter Agency Task Team on Technical & Vocational Education & Training

Several stakeholders involved in Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) in the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) will meet in Abuja, Nigeria from 5-6 April 2011.

How can we act together on TVET in the ECOWAS sub-region with more efficiency through enhanced partnerships and commitments?

How can the various actors and key players be engaged at the community, national, sub-regional and international levels?

How can innovative partnerships be created and how can the necessary funds be obtained? How can best practices be identified and shared?

These questions are among those that will be raised during the Interagency Task Team (IATT) on TVET in the ECOWAS sub-region meeting that will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 5-6 April 2011 April 2011.

The meeting will gather representatives from ECOWAS, the African Union (AU), ADEA, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNIDO, as well as financial partners such as the African Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the French Agency for Development (AFD), Lux-Dev and the World Bank, to enhance the effectiveness of the IATT for the development and strengthening of capacities on the revitalization of TVET and to solve the problem of unemployment in the ECOWAS Member States.

This meeting will also be an opportunity to focus on the joint actions to be led in 2011 such as the mapping of TVET activities, the AU & Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Labour Market Information System (LMIS) project and the Qualification/Certification frameworks study.

The IATT: support the coordination of TVET activities in ECOWAS

The IATT coordinate the activities of the technical and financial partners involved in the area of TVET policy development, reforms, and implementation.

The inaugural meeting of the IATT took place from 29-30 April 2010 in Dakar, through the support of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa in partnership with the UNDP Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

The objective of this first meeting was to formally launch the IATT and the Abuja Process and to agree with members of the Task Team on the work programme of the IATT, scope of work, assignment of responsibility, etc.

In the follow up, a second meeting of the IATT took place from the 14th to 15th December 2010 in Dakar, Senegal. The general objective of this second meeting was to enhance the joint planning and coordination with ECOWAS Secretariat and identify ways of moving forward to support the Member States in the ECOWAS sub-region. A first joint Plan of Action was identified to move forward with the present partners in 2011.

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