Institutional Partnership with the Inter-country Quality Node on Technical and Vocational Skills Development (ADEA)

The ADEA Inter-country Quality Node on Technical and Vocational Skills Development (ICQN/TVSD) was launched in July 2010 during a Ministerial Conference to serve as a catalyst for policies, strategies and action in favor of the development of technical and vocational skills to support the accelerated, sustainable development of Africa. This Conference was followed by a consecutive Ministerial Conference in 2011. The idea behind the setting up of inter-country quality nodes was to involve the countries as focal points, in order to develop a transnational cooperation in terms of policies, knowledge and experiences.

The ICQN/TVSD was specifically created as a response to the need to rise above the traditional, dichotomous vision in which general post-primary education is viewed as separate from technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and the TVET system as separate from alternative paths to technical and vocational skills devel-opment (TVSD). It also implied a shift from a supply-side approach to a demand-side approach reflecting the roles and responsibilities of all actors involved.

The lead organization of the ICQN/TVSD is the Ministry for Technical and Vocational Training of Côte d’Ivoire and more than twenty countries from all the sub-regions of Africa currently participate in the Node’s activities.

NORRAG’s involvement in the Node’s activities started in 2014.

Visit the Node website (English, French)


Expert Meeting on the Education-Training Continuum (Abidjan, November 2016)

In the context of the Node’s continuing commitment to cooperation in the field of TVSD, the 2016 Expert’s meeting priorities were:

  • The establishment of an effective continuum between education and training at all levels
  • The promotion of continued access to education and training throughout life for young people and adults
  • The recognition of all forms and mechanisms of acquiring knowledge and skills
  • The discussions were based on 18 country case studies and a literature review.

NORRAG has been involved in the production of the following documents in English and in French:

  • EN: The Education-Training Continuum: An analysis of the concept and its implications for education and training policies in Africa (available on request)
  • FR: Le continuum éducation-formation: Une analyse du concept et de ses implications pour les politiques éducatives et de formation en Afrique
  • EN: A Compendium of African Experiences in Promoting the Implementation of the Education and Training Continuum: a state-of-the art cross-national analysis of policy and practice in 17 countries (available on request – French version coming soon)
  • EN: Relevant and Quality Training for Teachers, Trainers and Entrepreneurs: A Key Condition for an Efficient Education-Training Continuum. Linking Kigali 2015 and Abidjan 2016 (available on request).

Ministerial Conference (Kigali, October 2015)

The Kigali Conference is a follow-up to the Abidjan Conference on Providing Africa’s Youth with Skills and Training for Jobs held in July 2014. The theme was to primarily focus on trainers and entrepreneurs involved in the training of youth both in and out of the formal technical and vocational system.

On the one hand, the Conference focused on the training of trainers in both public and private training centers that are faced with the task of imparting skills and competencies needed by their training staff to adapt to the evolving trades and professions as they train the youth. On the other hand, the Conference also focused on the training of entrepreneurs. Based on the 25 national reports submitted by the ICQN/TVSD countries during the July 2014 Ministerial Conference, all of them are confronted with a situation whereby the fast majority of the youth entering the labor market lacks appropriate qualification and learns most of the skills and competencies on the job.

NORRAG has been involved in the production of the Literature Review

Visit the Conference website

Ministerial Conference on Providing Africa’s Youth with Skills and Training for Jobs (Abidjan, July 2014)

The 2014 Ministerial Conference – first major regional event organized by the ICQN/TVSD brought together about 100 participants from twenty eight countries, which produced studies on national strategies to integrate and create jobs for the youth: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cap Verde, Congo, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The studies on Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and South Africa were commissioned and supported by NORRAG, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The conference addressed the crucial issues of training, professional integration and employment in Africa, youth employment being one of the greatest challenges facing the continent as it strives to eradicate poverty, ensure social cohesion and accelerate sustainable development.

The conference concluded with the signature by 25 ministers of the “Declaration of Ministers Responsible for Technical and Vocational Skills Development”, which sets out the decisions made by the Conference of Ministers. Two plans were adopted: the Action Plan for Inter-Country Cooperation and the ICQN-TVSD’s development plan for the 2014-2017 period.

Visit the Conference website and access the country reports.

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