Launch of the Plateform of expertise in vocational training

02 Nov 2015

The launch workshop of the Platform of Expertise in Vocational Training for Africa (Pefop) was held in Dakar on 2 and 3 November, and brought together nearly a hundred national and international officials and experts. The objective of the platform is to make operational vocational training policies through the mobilization, enhancement and empowerment of public and private actors involved in the implementation of the reform. The Platform will proffer solutions regarding two main challenges: support growth and facilitate social integration for young people.

The Secretary-General of the Senegalese Ministry of Vocational Training, Apprenticeship, Arts and Crafts, M. Cheickh Sadibou Dia, Chair of the Opening Ceremony, was delighted by the Pefop launch as Senegal and West African countries are already involved in reforming their vocational training policies. Indeed, there are many obstacles to the implementation of those policies, including low involvement from economic operators, lack of financial sustainability, and weak coordination between stakeholders. In order to make operational the reforms, it is essential to focus on these obstacles. The creation of a platform of expertise was unanimously expected to support innovation and mutualize good practices in this regard.

The vocational training sector is not well developed in Sub-Saharan Africa. TVET represents an average of 10% of the students enrolled in secondary schools while less than 15% of the employed population has an official professional qualification.

In this first phase, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania and Senegal will benefit from technical support to make operational their policies. To promote and share the best practices, a broader network of countries and stakeholders involved in the implementation of vocational training policy reforms will also be developed. The platform, which is part of the IIEP Pôle de Dakar, is financed by the French Agency for Development (AFD).

Ms Marie-Pierre Nicollet, Director of Human Development at AFD, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC and Mr Paul Coustère, Deputy Director at the International Institute for Educational Planning of UNESCO, kindly contributed to the launch workshop. 

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