Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR)

Professor Seo and Mr. Peloewetse from DTVET discuss with their team the Duties and Tasks of a Travel Consultant, Gaborone © UNESCO.

Within the context of its Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) Strategy, UNESCO is advocating for increased support for TVET in member states and more particularly in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. With this respect, the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) decided to support five selected SADC countries (Botswana, DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia) in the TVET sector through the Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project. The project’s time-frame is five years and the overall envisioned budget is 10 million USD (2 million USD for each country), which is furthermore complimented by UNESCO’s in-kind provision of human resources. The BEAR project has got three distinct phases: 2011: Inception, 2012 – 2015: Implementation, and 2016 Closing.

The BEAR project aims to: implement sectoral programmes in the selected countries through public and private partnership and improve the knowledge base and capacity of TVET systems to develop evidence-based TVET policies. The main direct target groups of the proposed capacity building activities are TVET policymakers, experts and teaching staff in TVET institutions of the five beneficiaries countries as well as young drop-outs, unemployed and in-school youth.

In Botswana, the BEAR project focuses on the Tourism sector with the specific objective of enhancing the TVET system capacity to ensure employability of students from formal TVET programs in the Tourism Sector. In DR Congo, the project is focuses on TVET for the construction and agricultural sectors, identified by the Congolese Government as some of the main levers for economic development and poverty reduction. In Malawi, the overall objective of the BEAR intervention is to support the development of the TVET system in Malawi to meet the challenges of transforming Malawi from a predominantly importing country to an export one, in a context of lifelong learning – focusing on the construction and agro-food sectors. In Namibia, the project’s main focus is on ensuring an increase in the number of appropriately trained VET personnel and gainfully engaged (employed or self-employed) in critical occupational areas for the Construction Sector. In Zambia, BEAR project intervention is in the tourism and construction industries with a specific objective to enhance TEVET system capacity to increase equitable access to relevant skills, especially within these two sectors.

Expected impact:

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system that is relevant to the needs of the labour market and of individuals. The overall underpinning strategy of each project is based on a two-pronged approach that addresses the urgent need to improve access to quality TVET (with a particular focus on, yet not limiting itself to youth access) in selected countries, while working toward the broader goal of developing national capacities for leading TVET reforms. This strategy will be implemented through a series of institution building and direct assistance initiatives in support of the development of TVET programmes, and enabling the shaping of evidence-based TVET policies and programmes. This project is possible thanks to the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK)

Please download the BEAR Project Brochure for more information. Some activities on the project have also been featured on the following links: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-21st-century, https://en.unesco.org/themes/skills-work-and-life

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