20.05.2019 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

‘Youth Empowerment through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in The Gambia’: the implementation phase of the project has been launched


The Workshop for the Elaboration of the Project Workplan, the Third Technical Committee Meeting and the First Steering Committee Meeting held in The Gambian capital on May 14, 16 and 17 respectively have successfully prepared the ground for the project activities to begin.

As stated by the director of UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa Mr. Dimitri Sanga, during the signature of the MoU that sealed the partnership between UNESCO and The Government of The Gambia last month, the project is an extraordinary opportunity to prevent the national workforce from leaving the country and to contribute to the sustainable economic empowerment of Gambian women, and all partners and stakeholders have a key role to play towards its achievement.

Proof of the spirit of cooperation of the representatives of participant ministries (Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; Basic and Secondary Education; Youth and Sports and Trade and Employment) and those of the more than 20 Gambian public and private institutions that are engaged in the project was the success of the workshop held on Tuesday, May 14 at Paradise Suite hotel. The working sessions led by the focal points and the deputy focal points supported by 6 UNESCO experts, resulted in the finalization of the activity work plans for 2019.

These documents were submitted to the revision of the Technical Committee and the non-objection of the Steering Committee on Friday 17 May. Present were the permanent secretaries of the four participating ministries, the Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, the KOICA Resident Representative and the Representative of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa.

Youth Empowerment through TVET in The Gambia is a 4-year project that aims to create an enabling environment that will give young people, especially girls, a better chance of finding decent employment by providing them with lifelong learning opportunities as recommended by SDGs 4 and 8.

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