Technical vocational education & training in the agricultural sector in Africa, CAADP
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the technical arm of the African Union, which coordinates the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Program (CAADP), had stressed the importance of Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET): qualified workers have better job perspectives in African agricultural value chains and agricultural investments and are attracted by a conducive environment.
With support from the GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project “Promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training for the Agricultural Sector in Africa (ATVET)” started in 2013. In a multi-level approach, CAADP ATVET operated at the continental, regional and national levels. In 2017, the ATVET project added a new module focused on women to enhance their participation in ATVET activities. In September 2018, GFA was contracted to support the project with a focus on country implementation, which includes the following:
- The set- up of a TVET Advisory Unit at NEPAD
- Support to AUDA-NEPAD in their advisory services on Women Empowerment Index in Agriculture (WEIA), tracer studies and private sector engagement in skills development
- Roll-out of Gender makes business sense training program: coaching master trainers, conducting training of facilitators/mentors and supporting the implementation of training of agripreneurs
- Supporting the GIZ team in anchoring GmBS in national systems
- Training of lecturers on gender-transformative training delivery
- Developing a blended learning version of the GmBS Training and a digital network for GmBS Trainers and Alumnis
The activities are carried out in Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.