This month, UNESCO and five beneficiary countries of the second phase of the Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project that will cover: Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda – have been organizing two-day validation workshops to conclude the planning phase at country level, and agree on the concrete actions to strengthen the national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems.
On 26-27 September 2017, UNESCO experts and 55 representatives from ministries, TVET authorities, TVET institutions, Vocational Training centres and enterprises gathered in Antananarivo, Madagascar to agree on the strategic activities on how to achieve the relevance, quality and improved perception of TVET.
The validation workshop proposed specific interventions for TVET in a chosen sector and created a platform for building synergies between stakeholders to ensure an inclusive consultation process and national ownership.
Improving TVET systems with focus on the textiles industry
Based on scoping mission findings and consultations with the country experts, UNESCO proposed the textiles industry to be the lead sector for the implementation of BEAR II in Madagascar. The textile industry is a part of Madagascar’s five strategic sectors, but as the only one, it has not have yet been supported by any international projects. With high potential for creating formal employment, the choice of the sector is expected to provide positive impact on socio-economic development in the country.
The Secretary General of the National Ministry of Employment, Technical Education and Vocational Training, Georges Solay Rakotonirainy, who represented the Minister said in his opening speech:
"BEAR II is a project for all of us, the textiles industry is a national priority and I am calling for the strengthening of this synergy between all the national institutions working in TVET, for the relevance, quality and perception of the system, and for the future of our young people."
Three main areas of intervention were further discussed during three working groups on: Relevance, Quality and Attractiveness of TVET.
About the BEAR II project
The BEAR II project promotes the relevance and quality of TVET systems in Eastern Africa in order to give young people a better chance to access decent employment.
The BEAR II interventions will focus on specific sectors that are carefully chosen in each of the beneficiary countries for their potential to create formal jobs. The project supports efforts in updating curricula, training teaching staff and engaging employers and enterprises to help create more effective TVET systems.
The BEAR project 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.