13.03.2019 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in The Gambia: UNESCO and the Gambia government partnering for Youth Empowerment

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony for the project ‘Youth Empowerment through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in The Gambia’ developed by UNESCO in partnership with KOICA and the Gambian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) was held on Friday 8th March at MoHERST headquarters in Banjul.

This International Women’s day marked the beginning of fruitful cooperation between UNESCO and The Gambia. Indeed the Director of the UNESCO Dakar Regional Office, Mr. Dimitri Sanga signed a MoU, officially sealing the partnership between UNESCO and the Government of the Gambia alive to implement the project Youth Empowerment through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in The Gambia.The ceremony held at the conference room of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) was the final step before the implementation phase of the 4-year project, which aims to reinforce the TVET system in The Gambia, and to give the youth, especially women, a better chance of finding decent employment and self-employment opportunities and to contribute to create social and economic growth in the country.

This US$3 million project, which will run over the period 2019-2022, aims in particular to:

  • Reinforce the relevance of the TVET system by supporting the development of TVET policy and programs in The Gambia.
  • Improve the quality of TVET through better management of TVET institutions, training of TVET teachers and provision of educational resources and equipment.
  • Improve the perception and attractiveness of TVET channels through skills competitions, an incubator system and communication campaigns.

Mr. Abdoulie T.B. Jarra, MoHERST PS, was the first to take the floor, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Minister Mr. Badara A. Joof. He applauded UNESCO’s efforts to foster education at all levels and insisted on the importance of having a strong and well-functioning TVET system for the socio-economic development of the country. Mr. Edward C. Mansal, Acting Director of the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), referred to TVET as an ‘issue of strategic importance which could help The Gambia meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030’ and confirmed that the GTTI, as a member of the project’s Technical Committee, would do everything in their hands to support the successful implementation of the project. Mr. Dimitri Sanga ended the speech round by expressing his thanks to all project stakeholders present and the Gambian authorities involved and trusted them to seize ‘this extraordinary opportunity to prevent the Gambian workforce from leaving the country and to contribute to the empowerment of Gambian women’.

It should be noted that this project is the result of the excellent cooperation relationship between UNESCO and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) who share the same vision on supporting and promoting education in emerging economies.

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