02.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

UNESCO in push for TVET at ECOWAS Meeting of Ministers

One of UNESCO’s main priorities in Africa -- technical and vocational education and training (TVET) -- is tabled during the 4th Conference of Education Ministers in ECOWAS, the Economic Community of 15 West African States.

The Conference is taking place from 1-6 October 2012 in Abuja, Nigeria and includes the meeting of Experts from 1-4 October 2012. 

The Education Ministers will discuss the Inter Agency Task Team (IATT) on the revitalization of TVET in the ECOWAS sub-region, in which UNESCO plays a key role.

The ministers will also discuss draft guidelines to harmonize qualification frameworks across the sub-region. 

Since the creation of IATT in 2010, some 1000 TVET trainers in nearly all ECOWAS countries have benefited from capacity-building in TVET, including training and the development and revision of TVET learning materials.  

An important boost

“This mechanism has proved to be an important to boost TVET in Africa, which is so much needed” says Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar. 

 “UNESCO hopes that the Ministers will institutionalize the IATT mechanism and adopt the guidelines on qualification framework developments at national and regional levels,” she adds.  

Ms Ndong-Jatta will attend the ECOWAS conference together with Hervé Huot-Marchand, TVET specialist in UNESCO Dakar.  

It is estimated that more than 40 percent of African youth are un- or underemployed.  

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