Rabat — The 1st African Vocational Training Forum held in Dakhla on Dec. 21-22, 2018, was a "resounding success", the ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research pointed out.
Held on the theme "The governance of vocational training systems to enhance employability and competitiveness in Africa", the forum, organized by the ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, brought together some 700 participants, including representatives from the Moroccan government as well as public and private institutions and delegations presided by ministers or other high ranking officials from 21 African nations.
The Forum was presided by head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, who reiterated Morocco's commitment to developing and strengthening its partnerships with African nations, the ministry of National Education said in a press release.
The aim of the forum was to share experiences, exchange good practices, and deepen multilateral cooperation in vocational education between Morocco and other African nations.
Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi, reaffirmed this objective and highlighted the role of vocational training in improving youth employability in the light of the job market's constant evolution.
He also stressed the importance of establishing a common African vision and integrated vocational training systems.
The forum discussed five themes: Participative governance and improving the performance of vocational training systems, training/Job Market: tools and approaches, vocational training: a vector for the integration of migrants, multilateral cooperation as the cornerstone of African vocational training policy and adapting jobs to climate change challenges in Africa
In their recommendations, participants called for creating an African committee to brainstorm on vocational training, developing digital exchange and sharing platforms, twinning vocational training centers, working towards a regional/continental certification framework for African countries in order to favor youth and worker mobility, better advertising, on the national and continental levels, vocational training opportunities and sharing the experiences of successful entities in vocational training like that of OFPPT across the continent.
They also called for mobilizing the necessary funds (World Bank, IDB, ADB, UNIDO, OMI, African Union etc), to welcome African interns in Morocco.
During the forum, the activities of the "African Alliance for the Development of Vocational Training" which was created by 15 African countries under the multilateral framework agreement signed on April 18, 2017, were assessed.
The heads of delegations expressed their gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for his efforts towards strengthening cooperation ties between African countries in all areas, including vocational training.
The Forum's final declaration calls for making the African Vocational Training Forum a privileged space to promote a common African vocational training vision and a space for exchanges and debates, developing an African certification framework that all countries must comply with and organizing the African Forum on Vocational Training every two years.
The event was marked by the participation of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Mali, Djibouti, Nigeria, Rwanda, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Soudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar, Chad, Togo, Central African Republic, Gabon and Senegal.