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21.12.2018 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Technical and Vocational Education and Training: UNESCO and KOICA commit to empowering young people in The Gambia

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The Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa (Sahel), Mr. Dimitri Sanga, and the Resident Representative of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Senegal, Ms. Eunju Cha, signed on Friday, 21 December 2018, a US$3 million funding agreement for the implementation of a project on youth empowerment through technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in The Gambia.

The Director of the UNESCO Dakar Office, Mr. Sanga, expressed on behalf of the Director-General of UNESCO his thanks to the Republic of Korea and KOICA in particular for the excellent cooperation relationship.

Mr. Sanga recalled that more than 60% of the Gambian population is under 24 years of age. “Migration is particularly due to the lack of opportunities and skills. This is why TVET is positioning itself as a means of helping these young people to acquire technical skills and contribute to the recovery of their country,” he noted.

He expressed the wish that this type of project would also be supported not only in the other Sahelian countries but also in UNESCO's other fields of competence. He concluded his welcoming remarks by stating that the implementation of the project will be carried out in perfect synergy between the Gambian government, KOICA and UNESCO.

The Deputy Ambassador of the Gambia to Senegal took the floor on behalf of the Government of the Gambia to thank the two partner agencies for this technical and financial support, which will ultimately continue to address the problem of unemployment that acutely affects Gambian youth.

The KOICA Resident Representative in Senegal recalled that for years, UNESCO and KOICA have shared their expertise and support in promoting education in emerging economies. "The Republic of Korea shares the same value on how education can change lives and contribute to the development of countries including the Republic of the Gambia," she added.

The 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.

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