TVET for the agro-processing sector in Ethiopia

On 15 March 2018, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) experts from UNESCO met with key TVET representatives from Ethiopia at Yeka Technical College to launch the BEAR II project in the country and agree on the operational work plan for its first year of implementation

The project aims to enhance the relevance, quality and perception of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems through specific sectoral interventions.

In Ethiopia, the BEAR project activities will focus on one of the priority sectors for the Ethiopian Government, agro processing. The sector has been chosen because of its contribution to the country’s economic growth and its potential for job creation in the labour market.

41 experts participated in the workshop, including the State Minister for TVET, Mr Tashume Lemma and representatives from the Federal TVET Agency, the Federal TVET Institute, representatives from the TVET bureau of Addis Ababa, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The BEAR project is a five-year UNESCO project supported by the Republic of Korea, to be implemented from 2017 to 2021 in selected countries of Eastern Africa, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. It contributes to the global efforts for implementing the Education 2030 Agenda, the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (2016 – 2025), and the UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016 – 2021).

The first phase of the BEAR project provided support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Namibia.