Pre-Validation Workshop for the Plan of Action for the African Decade for Technical, Professional, Entrepreneurial Training and Youth Employment

June 08, 2018

Pre-Validation Workshop for the Plan of Action for the African Decade for Technical, Professional, Entrepreneurial Training and Youth Employment

Mombasa, 8th June 2018: Pre-Validation Workshop for the Plan of Action for the African Decade for Technical, Professional, Entrepreneurial Training and Youth Employment in Mombasa, Kenya.

The purpose of the pre-validation workshop was to enrich the development of the Plan of Action by offering pertinent perspectives to guide the consultant in finalization of the document. Focus was on concretizing the proposed actions to re-orient education and training systems to address mismatch between education and training and labour market needs through high quality learning experiences and coherent policies at continental, regional and national levels. This is in addition to among others, identification of strategies for partner engagement and mobilization of adequate resources and funding towards the implementation of the Action Plan.

Another key area of focus was the analysis of existing skills development, entrepreneurship and employment ecosystems in Africa and discussions on mechanisms and procedures for their effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

While opening the workshop, the Director of HRST Department Dr Mahama Ouedraogo noted that skilled human resources was one of the major binding constraints to sustaining high economic growth in Africa. He observed that many African countries are currently confronting a crisis in youth employment with young people facing a difficult process in entering the world of work.

He further emphasized that skills development and youth employment were a major issue in all key Policy Framework documents among them are the AU Agenda 2063, which calls for speeding up actions “to catalyse education and skills revolution and actively promote science, technology, research and innovation, with the ultimate aim of building knowledge, human resources, capabilities and skills for Africa’s future.”

He added that the African Youth Charter, TVET Strategy, CESA 16-25, STISA 2024 and other policy pronouncements including the Malabo Decision on Youth Empowerment and Ouagadougou decisions on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development have been instrumental continental frameworks that address youth employment concerns.

He noted that Africa needed to maintain the momentum garnered following the implementation of the theme of the year 2017 on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investment in Youth” through its roadmap with key deliverables, milestones and concrete actions on employment and entrepreneurship, education and skills development, health and wellbeing, as well as rights, governance and youth empowerment.

He further called on the participants to consider positioning skills development within the emerging value systems of lifelong learning, democratic ideals, migration, peace building and social justice, including active, innovative participation in the economy as called for in the continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA-16-25). He urged participants to consider the critical milestones at the Continental, National and Regional Economic Community Levels and strategies that have to be put in place in the decade plan of action to incentivize the private sector to invest in the entire TVET and youth employment ecosystems.

These, he emphasized were pivotal considerations to the development of a Plan of Action that was continentally adaptive and relevant with production of youth talent that will not only develop African Economies but also develop young people who are competitive in the global market place.

Participants at the workshop were drawn from the Continental TVET Experts Group members, AUC departments, RECs, and representatives from Member States.

For more additional information on the workshop, please contact:

Nicholas Ouma, Senior Youth Advisor, Human Resources, Science & Technology Department, African Union Commission, E-mail:

For further information, kindly contact:

Mrs. Esther Azaa Tankou | Head, Information Division, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission | Tel: +251(0) 911361185 | E-mail:

For further information: Directorate of Information and Communication | African Union Commission I E-mail: I Web Site: I Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

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