On July 21, 2023, a meeting was held in the Institut de la Francophonie. for Education and Training (IFEF) office in Dakar, Senegal. Fr. George Tharaniyil, Director Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA), Fr. Franck Ametepe, PTVET AON and DBTA Board member, Ms. Nancy Ndungu, DBTA IT officer, and Ms. Maimouna Tambadou, IFEF Finance Director attended the meeting, which was hosted by Ms. Mona Laroussi, Director IFEF.
The meeting aimed to discuss areas of mutual interest among the two organizations, especially in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the development of an E-library platform to provide resources for both teachers and learners.
The director of DBTA, Fr. George, thanked Ms. Mona, the director of IFEF, for hosting the meeting and expressed his appreciation for the support and collaboration that has been there before between the two organizations. He also said that he looks forward to more cooperation in the future.
The team reviewed their past collaboration, which included:
- A Labour Market Survey in which IFEF supported in seven countries: Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Guinea and Mali
- The piloting of the inserjeune application in five countries: Madagascar, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon and Burkina. The Inserjeune application is a web-based platform that connects young job seekers with employers in various sectors.
- A training for Job Service Officers (JSOs) on how to use the inserjeune application which was held in Nairobi, Kenya
- The adaptation of the inserjeune application which is ongoing
Ms Mona, the director of IFEF, commended DBTA for their commitment and expertise in TVET and said that IFEF is happy to partner with them in advancing this sector. She also shared some of the initiatives that IFEF is undertaking in TVET, such as, The provision of technical assistance and capacity building for TVET stakeholders among others.
The meeting ended with a mutual agreement to continue working together on TVET and E-library projects and to explore new areas of collaboration that can benefit both organizations and their beneficiaries.