Sucessful in Senegal - Technical vocational education and training
The government of Senegal, through the Emerging Senegal Plan (Plan Sénégal Emergent), aimed to reduce socio-economic inequalities between rural and urban areas, as well as to improve the economic prospects of young people. Hence, long-term job creation was one of its main priorities, as well as the improvement of vocational education and training to adapt it to the labor market needs. Furthermore, there was a strong focus on promoting social inclusion and sectors with increased employment opportunities and innovative approaches.
The program offered perspectives to young people through better-trained personal as well as better-equipped training facilities to foster entrepreneurship and qualification with the overall goal to increase young people’s income. Since the economic development of a country can only be achieved by encompassing all its active forces, the government of Senegal also wanted to focus on migratory flows to and from Senegal, through numerous initiatives, which aimed at reintegrating returnees into the labor market and at supporting migrants with training opportunities. In this perspective, the GIZ project consisted of three fields of intervention: Entrepreneurship, training and qualification, and public relations. GFA was in charge of "training and qualification", which aimed at strengthening young people’s access to attractive occupational profiles in sectors of high demand, with a particular focus on including women and returnees.
Through the project, over 10,000 young men and women, as well as teachers/trainers and staff of training institutions were trained through approximately 200 courses, whose content, methodology and duration were developed in order to best meet the real demand of the labor market. The courses ranged from short term courses up to 6 weeks to one to six-month vocational trainings. In order to adapt to the changed working conditions due to the COVID19 pandemic the team converted several trainings into an online format, developed specific trainings linked to health management and set up an e-learning platform for soft skill training: DEFARU.