Second workshop on mutualizing vocational training resources and tools in the WAEMU region

Grand-Popo (Bénin)
From 20 February 2017 to
21 February 2017

African countries have embarked on a process of renewing vocational training to enhance the value of jobs in order to better qualify for a better socio-professional integration of as many young people as possible. Implementing this ambition calls for the development of many tools that require the mobilization of significant financial, human and material resources.

Taking into account the similarities of context between African countries, several initiatives have been undertaken in recent years to encourage the pooling of resources available in the various countries in order to optimize them and to make substantial quantitative and qualitative gains.

In this dynamic, a workshop was held in Lomé from 16 to 19 February 2016, with the support of the GIZ-Togo, on the mutualization of curricula and vocational training tools. The objective of this workshop was to set up a platform for the exchange of curricula, programmes and training tools between the participating countries, all members of WAEMU and ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo).

This 2nd workshop, organized by the Ministry of Secondary, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MESTFP) of Benin with the support of Swiss Cooperation in Benin, aimed at operationalizing the decisions taken in 2016 in Lomé.

It also aimed to prepare the meetings organised on this issue by the UEMOA's Consultation Framework of Ministers responsible for Employment and Vocational Training (meeting of experts in April 2017, ministers' conference in the second half of 2017).

IIEP-UNESCO Dakar supported this initiative by facilitating the attendance of several African delegations to the Grand-Popo workshop, but also by participating in the work to share its approaches in terms of supporting mutualization, and explore ways of collaborating with the bearers of this West African initiative.