Burkina Faso: diagnosing obstacles to the operationalization of the vocational training policy was particularly timely

24 May 2016

Burkinabe stakeholders of the vocational training sector, both public and private and across sectors, have validated Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Ouagadougou the table of obstacles to the implementation of the renewed vocational training policy, during a workshop opened by the Secretary General of the Ministry, Mr. Brice Yogo. This table was developed jointly since March, with the team of the Pôle de Dakar of the International Institute of Education Planning (IIEP/UNESCO) through its Platform of Expertise in Vocational Training (Pefop).

 

This participatory process about identification and analysis of the main obstacles has mobilized about sixty representatives of public institutions (ministries, agencies, national programs), the private sector, trade unions, training centers, national experts as well as Technical and Financial Partners (TFPs) for two months.

From a preliminary diagnosis based on specific interviews conducted with the leaders of the main structures and organizations concerned in mid-March, Burkinabe stakeholders have combined their perceptions and analyzes at the occasion of a one-week focus-group-type workshop held in April. They have sought to determine first the direct causes and then the underlying and root causes related to each obstacle identified, within the 5 strategic priority axes proposed by Pefop. This exercise benefited from the refinement of the diagnosis methodology that the Pôle de Dakar team experienced in the other partner countries where the support programme of the Pefop is developed.

In parallel to the Pefop process, Ouagadougou was hosting, during the same week, an important workshop of TFPs supporting vocational training in Burkina. They worked on their prospective assessment aiming at framing a new phase of the Support Programme to the Sectoral Policy in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PAPS/EFTP) supported by a consortium of six donors since 2012. These TFP found the diagnosis of obstacles to the operationalization of the renovated vocational training policy, which was presented in their specific work session, very complementary to their ongoing analysis. They therefore considered, with the team of Pôle de Dakar, appropriate to make these various analysis processes converge in order to provide Burkina Faso with a maximum of coherent tools aiming at supporting the renovation of the national policy.

A willingness of synergy fully endorsed by the General Director of Vocational Training in Burkina Faso, Mr. Mounirou Farta, national focal point of the Pefop support programme and coordinator of PAPS/EFTP, who has reiterated the importance of aligning the different partners’ supports, while closing the workshop.

Such convergence is essential for Mr. Naceur Chraiti, Chief of the Pefop, who underlined in conclusion of this week that “the exceptional mobilization of Burkinabe stakeholders and the very good appraisal of our approach by the major partners in vocational training, allow us to anticipate bright perspectives for the following phases. Anchoring the support of the Pefop in the National Burkinabe state strategy over the next three years is thus ensured, which should enable us to contribute effectively and meaningfully to the implementation of the national vocational training policy”.