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The ‘African Forum on Youth Skills and Enterprise in the Digital Era” brought together senior policy makers, government administration senior officials, development partners, private sector, representatives of African youth, young entrepreneurs, civil society, and experts to showcase, share, and discuss comprehensive innovative TVSD/TVET models and programmes that aim at developing the leadership and digital skills of young people, and equipping them with the necessary knowledge, tools and know-how to design marketable products and services, in order to create sustainable enterprises and generate employment.

 The objective of this forum was to:

  • Share knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt to better inform policies and programmes aiming a skilling the youth and enterprise creation in the digital age.
  • Create a platform for the promotion of the competitiveness and attractiveness of TVET sectors across Africa by identifying innovative and create skills through an ‘African creative skills competition’; and 
  • Launch of the CESA TVET Cluster

 

The CESA TVET Cluster was launched on the 17th of April 2018 with AU NEPAD Agency as the Coordinator of the Cluster. The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) also offered to be the Co-Chair of the Cluster.

 

At the conclusion of this successful meeting, African governments and key stakeholders agreed to:

  • Foster and implement appropriate policies to integrate digital skills, 21st Century Skills and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the African education and training systems;
  • Establish technological partnerships in order to fill the skills gap in jobs requiring advanced ICT competences such as Coding; Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics; Cyber Security, among others;
  • Accelerate the use of ICT to offer all learners, with a special focus on girls and women, an equal opportunity to access quality education;
    Spread the culture for eLearning;
  • Promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as an enabling pathway, as opposed to a sub-sector of last choice; and
  • Train teachers on digital skills and 21stCentury Skills.

 

The African Forum on Youth Skills and Enterprises in the Digital Age was organized by the Government of Tunisia through its Ministry of Professional Training and Employment (MFPE), the African Union Commission (AUC), the Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI), the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), and the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF). The strategic partners of this event were: JP.IK and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The Forum was sponsored by: ACT and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).