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African Forum on Youth Skills & Enterprise in the Digital Age, Morocco

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The Second African Ministerial Forum on the Integration of ICT in Education and Training (Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 7th – 9th June, 2016) stressed the importance to accelerate ICT integration in education and training to develop 21stcentury skills, advance knowledge society and achieve Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

This said, How can the use of digital technology best be incorporated in policy and programmes to ensure that African youth are better tooled and skilled to lead, have access to jobs or become self-employed. What innovative initiatives and projects that leverage digital technologies for skilling youth in developing regions exist today which can inform policies and programmes in Africa? How can digital technologies be leveraged for transforming creative sectors into competitive industries and making traditional jobs more attractive and rewarding? And finally, what support should be developed to foster the creation of disruptive innovations required to reimagine TVET provision and pave the way to a more prosperous future for the youth?

The African Ministerial Forum on “Youth skills and enterprise in the digital age” will bring together senior policymakers, government administration senior officials, development partners, private sector, representatives of African youth, young entrepreneurs, civil society and experts to showcase, share and discuss comprehensive and innovative TVSD/TVET models and programmes that aim at developing the ledership and digital skills of the youth and equipping them with the necessary knowledge, tools and know-how to design marketable products and services and, therefore, create sustainable enterprises and generate employment.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Developing a shared and commanding understanding of how digital technologies can be leveraged for skilling the youth and empowering them to create enterprise in the digital era and lead the socio-economic transformation of their communities.
  2. Sharing knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt to better inform policies and programmes aiming at skilling the youth and entreprise creation in the digital age.
  3. Raising awareness on the necessity to build strong skill sets and volunteer political commitment to explore innovative approches for leveraging digital technologies for youth skilling and entreprise creation.
  4. Promoting youth digital skills and entreprise high level policy dialogue platform and network that includes the public sector (ministries, agencies and institutions in charge of vocational education and youth, Regional Economic Communities – RECs); development cooperation agencies and international organizations; private sector; civil society and youth organizations. Such a policy platform and network are necessary for the development of the ecosystem that will foster partnerships to advance policy and strategy development and implementation.
  5. Sharing Youth’s digital skills development and entreprise creation strategies to help address youth unemployment and bridging the skills gap within Africa by identifying game-changing experiences and lessons learnt.
  6. Creating a platform for the promotion of the comptetiveness and attractiveness of TVET sectors across Africa by identifying innovative and creative skills through an “African creative skills competition”.

 

Submission Guidelines

The Forum Programme Committee is composed of representatives of the African Union Commission’s Department of Human Resource Science and Technology, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI), Association for the Development of Education in Africa(ADEA), UNICEF and JP-IK. Please find here below, criteria guiding the Forum Programme Committee when reviewing proposals for presentations during the technical sessions and selecting presentations:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Role of the presenter in the project
  • Region covered by the programme/project
  • Alignment to the general theme and sessions
  • Explanation concerning what is innovative in the programme/project
  • Relevance in terms of development issue/challenge addressed by the programme/project
  • Alignment to 2030 Global Agenda / Africa’s Agenda 2063 / AUC strategies / national policies and or other strategies
  • Description of the MEL component of the programme/project
  • Explanation on how the programme/project’s impact was measured
  • Description of the lessons learned and their relevance in terms of informing policy / programmes

During every technical session, which lasts 90 minutes, 4 presentations of 15 min each will be made. Proposals for presentations can be made by email at tarek.chehidi@gesci.org

Important Dates

  • Submission of presentation proposals – deadline: 4th September 2017
  • Selected applicants notified: 28th September 2017
  • Final Presentations due: 8th  October 2017

Participation​

Around 100-120 participants are expected to attend the Forum:

  • Government ministers in charge of Education, TVET, youth and employment;
  • Representatives of leading international, regional organizations, private sector and civil society (African youth and young entrepreneurs);
  • Youth organizations;
  • TVET centres;
  • Experts.
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