25.09.2014 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

A platform for expertise in vocational training joins the IIEP’s Pôle de Dakar

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A new €6 million project has been launch in favour of vocational training in Africa. An expert platform will be established in IIEP’s Pôle de Dakar to support the introduction of innovative policies for vocational training in Africa, based on a public/private partnership.

The project is funded for an initial phase of 4.5 years by the French Agency for Development and will set up in the first quarter of 2015.

In the course of the initial phase, the project will concentrate its efforts on four French-speaking countries of West Africa: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania and Senegal. It will review the difficulties encountered in implementing vocational training policies and develop mechanisms to overcome them, particularly through the setting up of a network of people involved in building up experience for the whole African continent.

The new platform will build on and work closely with UNESCO’s ongoing TVET activities in these countries.

“Vocational training represents a key educational sub-sector for integrating young people into the job market and has today become a priority, given mass unemployment and the vulnerability of new generations, both on a global level and on the African continent,” says Guillaume Husson, coordinator of the Pôle de Dakar.

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