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UNESCO-UNEVOC regional conference on youth transitions and network consolidation

20 to 22 May 2014, Gaborone, Botswana

From 20 to 22 May 2014, UNESCO-UNEVOC in cooperation with the Botswana Qualifications Authority organized a conference on youth transitions and network consolidation in Gaborone, Botswana. The conference provided a platform for regional and international expertise on school-to-work transitions and regional challenges in both the formal and informal sector. Specifically, the conference aimed at achieving the following:

  • Place youth employment and related issues on the regional political agenda
  • Highlight regional success stories
  • Further strengthen the UNEVOC Network consolidation process in the region
  • Provide a platform to learn and share experiences
  • Give an opportunity to actively participate and shape the regional TVET discourse
  • Enhance the institutional capacities of the participating UNEVOC Centres.

The three-day event was attended by 50 participants, including representatives from seven regional UNEVOC Centres from South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, and Botswana, as well as one Asian UNEVOC Centre (KRIVET), and delegates from UNESCO, GIZ, and the ILO. The opening address was delivered by H.E. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Minister of Education and Skills Development in Botswana. UNESCO-UNEVOC was represented by a Programme Expert. The participants jointly elaborated policy responses addressing school to work transitions and informal employment by assessing the legislation and policies in place in their respective countries, highlighting promising initiatives and identifying gaps and possible areas of intervention. A study tour to the Botswana Diamond Trading Cooperation in Gaborone was facilitated by BQA where the conference participants were given an insight how TVET students were trained to assess diamonds for further processing and sale.

The conference was organized as a follow-up to the regional forum held in Abuja, Nigeria in 2013 and in response to the challenges in the African region related to youth and informal employment, the transition from school to work, and stakeholder coordination in the TVET sector.

Meeting report

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