Reform of Ivorian Vocational Training – UNESCO Experts Officially Received by Mamadou Touré

Prior to the implementation of the 2016-25 Strategic Plan to Reform Vocational Training, the Secretary of State Mamadou TOURE welcomed experts from UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning-Pôle de Dakar at his cabinet on March 6. Under the leadership of Khalil BAHLOUL, the Platform of Expertise in Vocational Training’s (PEFOP) agricultural training expert, the team of experts discussed the implementation of renewed vocational education policies with the Secretary of State.

In this perspective, the Platform of Expertise in Vocational Training will undertake a tour in order to carry out a diagnosis of obstacles to the operationalization of vocational training reform in Côte d’Ivoire, between March 6 and 17. In the course of his discussions with the Secretary of State, Khalil BAHLOUL revealed the main axes of this mission, that will span two weeks. Firstly, the UNESCO experts will conduct targeted interviews with vocational education system players in Côte d’Ivoire. The second phase of the mission will consist in sharing the information harvested during the targeted visits, in the course of a focus-group workshop that will be held in Yamoussoukro, between March 13 and 17.

For the UNESCO experts’ mission, all the State Secretariat’s divisions concerned by vocational education, all the vocational training centers and institutes and all organizations under trusteeship will be visited by the experts to identify potential obstacles to the implementation of this important reform, adopted by the council of Ministers on December 28, 2016.

At the end of their meeting, the UNESCO experts expressed their gratitude to the Secretary of State for his goodwill and vision for vocational training. The minister reciprocated by praising UNESCO’s constant support to the government’s initiatives in the field of education and vocational training.

Mamadou TOURE requested that all his colleagues facilitate the experts’ work in every possible way. Furthermore, the Secretary of State signaled he would look forward to the conclusions of the mission to facilitate the prompt implementation of the vocational training reform in Côte d’Ivoire. Note that for this meeting, Khalil BAHLOUL was accompanied by Louis Gervais ANOMA, in representation of Ydo YAO, Head of UNESCO’s Abidjan Office, for this occasion. The Minister Mamadou TOURE was sided by his Cabinet Director Alexis AHONZO and his Technical Advisor Thierry KOFFI.