03.07.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Regional Methodological Workshop on the Research Framework on Quality Assurance of TVET Qualifications in Eastern Africa


The Regional Methodological Workshop on the Research Framework on Quality Assurance of TVET Qualifications in Eastern Africa to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11 to 12 July 2017: A Follow-up to the “Mahe Process”

UNESCO will conduct a regional research on quality assurance of TVET qualifications in 13 Eastern African countries. The methodological workshop planned in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 to 12 July 2017 will be the first activity under the launch of the research framework and will consist mainly of preparing the national experts from ministries of education for the methodologies in collecting and analyzing data in view of the development of national reports. UNESCO will use the reports to produce guidelines that will assist countries in undertaking better quality assurance of TVET qualifications.

The workshop will, among other objectives:

  • expose participants to the state-of-the art practices in quality assurance in African countries and other parts of the world,
  • present and discuss the methodologies for data collection and analysis and
  • help participants in developing expanded outlines of their national reports.

It is also expected that the workshop will provide an opportunity for the setting up of a network of experts on quality assurance of qualifications in the region for future technical cooperation and peer learning.

The workshop is taking place within the context of the follow-up to the “Mahe Process”, an initiative geared towards strengthening TVET in the Eastern Africa region and borne out of the Forum on Skills for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship convened by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in March 2016 in Mahe, Seychelles. The participants in the TVET Forum in Mahe formulated six key recommendations that make up the “Mahe process”. These are:

  • developing quality assurance mechanisms;
  • enhancing the quality of TVET teacher training;
  • strengthening the teaching of entrepreneurship, basic and generic skills in TVET;
  • facilitating transition to self-employment;
  • developing and strengthening partnerships with the private sector; and
  • developing and strengthening funding mechanisms for youth enterprise start-ups.

It is in response to the first recommendation calling for the development of quality assurance mechanisms in the region that UNESCO has developed a research framework on quality assurance of TVET qualifications systems for Eastern Africa.

More broadly, the workshop falls within the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) and the UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016-2021). The SDGs, and more specifically SDG 4, provide the global framework under which TVET and skills development roles in achieving sustainable development are recognized as key drivers for socio-economic development.

Contact person: Mr. Hamidou Boukary: hd.boukary@unesco.org

Related resources:

Concept note: Research Framework on Quality Assurance of TVET Qualifications for Eastern Africa

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